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    Season series -- The Islanders pay their first visit to the new Consol Energy Center as they meet their Atlantic Division rivals for the first time this season. Don't expect the Islanders to miss Mellon Arena -- they lost their last eight visits to the Igloo and won just twice in their last 16 trips.

    Big story -- The Penguins have Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Marc-Andre Fleury and the newest building in the NHL. What they don't have is a victory in their new building as yet. While the Islanders were beginning a stretch of 12-in-15 on the road with a 2-1 loss at Washington on Wednesday, the Penguins fell to 0-3-0 in their new home with a 4-3 loss to Toronto. Their lone victory this season was a 3-1 win at New Jersey on Monday.

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    Islanders -- The Isles gave the Caps everything they could handle on Wednesday, but the inability to cash in on some third-period chances and an unnecessary roughing penalty by Blake Comeau that led to the winning goal spoiled the night in the 2-1 loss.

    "The end result wasn't too good, but I think as a team we did a great job," rookie Nino Niederreiter, who scored his first NHL goal, told the Islanders' website. "We had a good effort."

    Penguins -- Three games and three one-goal losses -- not the ideal way to christen your new home. But that's what's happened to the Penguins, who have struggled to score and haven't gotten the kind of goaltending they need from Fleury, who stopped just 10 of 14 shots against Toronto. Brent Johnson, who got the win in New Jersey, will start against the Islanders even though Fleury is 6-0-1 in his last seven starts against New York with a 1.68 goals-against average.

    The losses are beginning to become a matter of concern.

    "Each game that goes by, especially when you expect to win each one, it starts to get discouraging," defenseman Paul Martin said. "That's something we can't concentrate on."

    Who's hot -- Isles forward Blake Comeau has 3 goals in New York's first three games. A chance to play the Islanders at home might be just what Sidney Crosby needs to shake an early-season slump (2 points in four games): He had 4 goals and 15 points in the Isles' last five visits to Pittsburgh.

    Injury report -- The Islanders are without top defenseman Mark Streit and first-line winger Kyle Okposo for the foreseeable future after both had preseason shoulder surgery. Center Rob Schremp (back) might be back by the end of the month. The Islanders do hope to get second-year center John Tavares back for this game or Saturday night's home meeting with Colorado; he's been out after sustaining a concussion on Oct. 9. Defenseman James Wisniewski is sitting out the second of a two-game suspension. Pittsburgh is still without center Jordan Staal (foot) and forward Arron Asham (upper body), both of whom resumed skating Thursday. Defenseman Zybnek Michalek will miss at least two weeks with a shoulder injury sustained on Monday, and fellow blueliner Brooks Orpik has missed two games with a groin problem.

    Stat pack -- Pittsburgh has outscored the Islanders 39-15 in New York's last eight visits to the Steel City. Overall, the Pens are 15-3-1 in their last 19 meetings. Fleury has a save percentage of .853, the lowest in the League through the first week of the season.

    Puck drop --"Nobody likes to lose, but I think through the first four games, we've done some pretty good things and had some pretty good chances to score. We still have things to improve on, but there have been a lot of good things, too. We can always look at other situations and scenarios. I look back to last year, we were 9-1, but we didn't really play that well. You still want to win obviously, but that's hockey sometimes. It doesn't always seem fair, but that's the way it works." -- Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby, who took off from practice Thursday in what was termed a "maintenance day."
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    It's about time I do one of these! LET'S GO PENS!!!
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    The Pittsburgh Penguins are getting anxious about when they'll pick up their first win in their new arena. Facing a team they beat eight consecutive times in their old one should provide an excellent opportunity.

    The Penguins have dropped their first three games at Consol Energy Center, but they haven't lost to the New York Islanders in Pittsburgh in nearly three years heading into Friday night's meeting.

    There hasn't been any sort of home-ice advantage thus far for the Penguins (1-3-0) in their new building, which is across the street from the now-defunct Mellon Arena.

    Pittsburgh has lost all three games in the NHL's newest venue by one goal. It led 2-1 after one period Wednesday against Toronto, but allowing three straight goals in the second proved to be too much to overcome in a 4-3 loss.

    "Each game that goes by, especially when you expect to win each one, it starts to get discouraging," defenseman Paul Martin said. "That's something we can't concentrate on."

    The Penguins went 26-1-1 last season when they scored four goals, something they've yet to do. They're also getting minimal contributions from their two biggest stars -- Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have each been held to a goal and an assist apiece, hardly numbers befitting a duo that combined for 186 points last season.

    "There's frustration that comes with not creating chances, and there's frustration that comes when they seem not to go in," Crosby said. "... We've all done a pretty good job of creating chances, it's just a matter of having it go in."

    Also of concern is goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, whose .853 save percentage is the league's worst. He's been in net for all three losses, while backup Brent Johnson notched the lone victory.

    Though Fleury is 6-0-1 with a 1.68 goals-against average in his last seven games against the Islanders (1-1-1), coach Dan Bylsma said Thursday he'll start Johnson, who's 4-7-0 with a 4.04 GAA versus New York.

    Pittsburgh is 15-3-1 in the series' last 19 games and especially dominant at home. The Penguins outscored New York 39-15 in winning the last eight meetings at Mellon Arena. Malkin had seven goals and eight assists in those victories, while Crosby has recorded four goals and 11 assists in his last five home games against the Islanders.

    New York looked like it would be in for some high-scoring games after its first two contests, a 5-4 shootout loss against Dallas on Saturday and a 6-4 win over the Rangers on Monday.

    Things settled down Wednesday against one of the league's premier offensive teams. Though the Islanders were even with Washington through 56 minutes, Nicklas Backstrom's late power-play goal was enough to lift the Capitals to a 2-1 win.

    "The end result wasn't too good, but I think as a team we did a great job," rookie Nino Niederreiter, who scored his first NHL goal, told the Islanders' official website. "We had a good effort."

    Both teams have injury issues heading into this game. New York center John Tavares has missed the past two games with a concussion and could be held out again Friday, while defenseman James Wisniewski will serve the back end of a two-game suspension.

    Pittsburgh's Brooks Orpik (groin) is day to day, but fellow defenseman Zbynek Michalek will miss two to four weeks with a right shoulder injury.

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    FWIW, the game is on channel 774 on Directv... Directv's Center Ice "free view" goes until October 24th, so the next several games will be available on there for free.

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    MAF Sucks

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    Okposo is out, Streit is out, Tavares is probably out, Wiz is out. I mean we have injury problems but man, we have to win this one.

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    How about Letestu leading the team in goals and Martin leading the team in assists early on. We definitely need our big guns to start producing now! Maybe Sid's 2nd period goal on Wednesday is a good sign of him getting back on track scoring wise. It's still early in the season obviously, but this team needs to come out with some desperation tonight!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackNGoldRules View Post
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    How about Letestu leading the team in goals and Martin leading the team in assists early on. We definitely need our big guns to start producing now! Maybe Sid's 2nd period goal on Wednesday is a good sign of him getting back on track scoring wise. It's still early in the season obviously, but this team needs to come out with some desperation tonight!

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    I expected as much from Martin, especially given our PP "production" but who would think Letestu would lead this team in goals?

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    If BJ plays well tonight, and we win, do you guys think Disco will start BJ again against Philly tomorrow?

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    Maybe, but I suspect he'll give a big game for MAF to shine in... Hopefully shine that is.

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    If BJ plays well tonight, and we win, do you guys think Disco will start BJ again against Philly tomorrow?

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    Nope. Only because they are back to back games. I expect MAF to start tomorrow night. After that though, will depend on how MAF players in his game more than anything

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    Nope. Only because they are back to back games. I expect MAF to start tomorrow night. After that though, will depend on how MAF players in his game more than anything
    Yeah, in a normal situation you'd definitely say MAF will start because of the back to back. But, if BJ wins tonight and plays well, you have a 2-3 team where one goalie has struggled at 0-3 and the other 2-0 playing solidly. You don't think Bylsma will at least be tempted to play the hot hand again trying to get this team back on track? He was pretty vocal about his disappointment in MAF's performance after Wednesday's game. You may be right and he'll just do the normal goalie rotation for a back to back no matter happens tonight. I guess we'll find out for sure.

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    I think MAF needs a kick in the ***... I sa if BJ wins tonight and MAF loses tomorrow, that BJ should get about 3 more starts in a row to make MAF not feel so comfy as the starter and make him think he could lose his starting job

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    I think MAF needs a kick in the ***... I sa if BJ wins tonight and MAF loses tomorrow, that BJ should get about 3 more starts in a row to make MAF not feel so comfy as the starter and make him think he could lose his starting job
    If BJ wins tonight & plays well, MAF won't play tomorrow

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    LETS GO PENS!!! If we lose this one im drinking a Case

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