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Pens Points: New Year, Same Rivalry

Catch up on the latest hockey headlines in today’s Pens Points.

NHL: OCT 13 Penguins at Capitals Photo by Randy Litzinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Here are your Pens Points for this Tuesday morning...

It’s the start of another new year, which means, in part, updating another favorite feature here at PensBurgh: Sidney Crosby’s yearly point scoring. Newsflash: he is still great. [PensBurgh]

Sidney Crosby has helped lead a recent resurgence of his Pittsburgh Penguins. As they enter Tuesday’s matchup against the Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh has found its footing, to the tune of a three-game winning streak to close out 2023. The Penguins have points in eight of their last nine (7-1-1). [Penguins]

Here’s a good question that Mike Sullivan must answer, perhaps as soon as this evening: Who stays and who goes when Bryan Rust rejoins the Penguins’ lineup? [Trib Live]

News and notes from around the NHL...

Joey Daccord made 35 saves to give the Seattle Kraken the first shutout victory in NHL Winter Classic history. [NHL]

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltending prospect Dennis Hildeby wasn’t supposed to play in the NHL during the 2023-24 season. But now, he’s here. He may not be ready, but his availability is now a necessity. [Sportsnet]

Marc-Andre Fleury is expected to start and go for his 551st win on Tuesday, which would tie him with Patrick Roy for second-most among goalies in NHL history. [NHL]