Pittsburgh Penguins: Return Home to Face the New York Islanders Could Be Trouble

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Pittsburgh Penguins: Return Home to Face the New York Islanders Could Be Trouble
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The Penguins lost to the Florida Panthers on Saturday night, making the "Dads Trip" an unsuccessful 0-2. Now the return home for a three-game homestand starting with the New York Islanders.

This could be trouble. No, not because of any fisticuffs or extracurricular activity aimed at a certain captain returning to the lineup. Just because it's the worst time to face a division foe.

The Pens have to pick themselves back up off the mat. Very good hockey teams do not often find themselves in a three-game (and climbing) losing streak. Stopping it at two games is a must.

One would think that the energy in the building tonight could help the team, but it also could leave the players unfocused. The temptation certainly will be there to watch Sid from afar, even if you are on the ice.

The Islanders certainly will not be looking to cut the Penguins any breaks. Expect them to bring their best, or their worst, depending on who you are rooting for.

That is an extra reason tonight will be special. This is not only about Sid going out there; it is about NHL competition. The Islanders are just as much a part of tonight's story as Sid is.

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