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Pens Points: Canucks Coming

Pens Points will help you get through your Wednesday while the Penguins await the Canucks.

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Philadelphia Flyers Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Wednesday will be another day off for the Pittsburgh Penguins before the Vancouver Canucks come to town for their annual visit on Thursday. The Penguins are coming off a big victory over the in-state rival Philadelphia Flyers and will look to continue their strong run of play and remain right in the thick of the Metro race.

Pens Points...

One of the biggest tasks awaiting Kyle Dubas this offseason is contract negotiations with pending free agent Jake Guentzel, and it’s gearing up to be a battle to resign the winger. [Pensburgh]

A solid run of play since before the Christmas break has the Penguins right back in the playoff race with plenty of time to continue making up ground in the second half. [Pensburgh]

It’s no coincidence that the Penguins string of good play has coincided with the uptick in power play success. That upward trend must continue if the Penguins hope to keep winning. [The Hockey News]

Jansen Harkins had a rough start to his tenure in Pittsburgh, and even went through a spell in the AHL, but has established himself in the lineup and has found his offensive game. [Trib Live]

Saying a player is gripping his stick too tightly may be a cliche, but that seems to have been the case for Rickard Rakell who has found his scoring touch and become a key part of the Penguins turnaround. [The Hockey News]

NHL News and Notes...

While the trade took place on Monday, the fallout from the Cutter Gauthier trade spilled over into Tuesday as more came out about what forced the Flyers into making the shock deal. [ESPN]

Perhaps the surprise of the year around the NHL so far this season has been the resurgence of the Winnipeg Jets who find themselves atop the NHL standings and looking like a real contender. [Sportsnet]