These teams met 4 weeks ago tonight at Consol Energy Center. The Penguins controlled the first 53 minutes of this game and decided it was time to start thinking about the next night’s game in Canada. The wheels fell off for the final 7 minutes and the Pens snatched a loss from the jaws of victory.
Jeff Zatkoff (1-2) gets his fourth nod of the season tonight. The good news is he hasn’t allowed a goal since that Islanders game, but the bad news is he has only started one other game during this 4 week stretch.
Thomas Vanek and speedster Michael Grabner will both return to the lineup tonight for the Isles. The Pens expect to roll out the same 18 skaters from their last game.
The Penguins are trying to right a ship that’s been floating at .500 (7-7) since they jumped out of the gate 7-1. They’ve looked good the last two games, but the speed of the Islanders is always a test. Zatkoff will have to be on his game and the defense will have to continue its play from the last 6 periods of hockey.
Tonight’s Gordie Howe Hat Trick is presented by Mr. Craig Adams:
Tonight’s Burgatory Tips to Win:
1. Blame Letang for something EVERY shift.
2. Criticize the PP every opportunity.
3. Post your favorite Orpik gif everytime he gets caught dead footed vs the Isles speed.
LETS GO PENS