Pittsburgh Penguins–New York Islanders in Atlantic Division Showdown

WoooooSenior Writer INovember 26, 2008

The Pittsburgh Penguins will meet the New York Islanders tonight at 7:08 at Nassau Coliseum.

The Pens won the first meeting of the season, 4-3 in a shootout. Dany Sabourin was the goaltender of record.

Sabu is back in the net tonight, and he will be debuting a new goalie mask.

Sabu's current mask

There is still no word on Marc-Andre Fleury or when he might return to the lineup, but it will not be tonight. Look for him to sit out the rest of the week and get back on the ice in the first week of December.

Penguins rookie goaltender John Curry might get his first NHL start this weekend as the Pens play back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday.

The Pens' defensive pairings will have a new look tonight.


(Gatoraaade) H2O! (Gatoraaade) H20!

The Isles are riddled with injuries. Stating that Dipietro is injured would be like telling someone that Scott Hartnell is the worst player in the NHL. No need to over-state the obvious.

"I get paid millions of dollars a year to wear a suit and talk to people with microphones."
Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo, Mike Comrie, Meyer, and Mike Sillinger are all out of the lineup for the Isles. Richard Park is healthy and, well, this is another case of stating the obvious: He will probably score tonight.

Old School Park

Despite the injuries and the fact that they are the New York Islanders, the Isles have been hot recently, winning five of their last six games.

The Pens need to get to Joey Old MacDonald early and sustain pressure throughout the game.

The Pens' power-play has been in shambles lately. Assistant coach Mike Yeo switched things up in practice this week, putting Evgeni Malkin back on the point with Alex Golijokeski. Tyler Kennedy was also added to the top unit, in hopes that the Pens might gain possession of a dump-in more than once out of 15 attempts.

Matt Cooke will be back in the lineup after being tossed from the Pens' last game against the Canucks. It was a terrible call and Cooke will undoubtedly be looking to take out some frustrations resulting from the incident.

Trent Hunter and Bill Guerin are the Isles' leading scorers. They are both about 58 years old.

FSN will probably remind you that Satan and Fedotenko played for the Islanders last season upwards of 45 times tonight.