OFFICIAL GDT: ISLANDERS VS PENS (11/22/13)

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OFFICIAL GDT: ISLANDERS VS PENS (11/22/13)

Postby Beveridge on Fri Nov 22, 2013 7:42 pm

Tonight, your Pittsburgh Penguins (14-8-0 – First Place) take on the Long Island Brooklyn New York Islanders (8-11-3 – Last Place) in a battle of Metropolitan opponents.

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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:

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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
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Re: OFFICIAL GDT: ISLANDERS VS PENS (11/22/13)

Postby shafnutz05 on Fri Nov 22, 2013 7:45 pm

LET'S GO PENS!
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Re: OFFICIAL GDT: ISLANDERS VS PENS (11/22/13)

Postby Gaucho on Fri Nov 22, 2013 7:52 pm

LET'S GO PENS!!!
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Re: OFFICIAL GDT: ISLANDERS VS PENS (11/22/13)

Postby sniper on Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:00 pm

still no Bortuzzo. Interesting.
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Re: OFFICIAL GDT: ISLANDERS VS PENS (11/22/13)

Postby Beveridge on Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:01 pm

Must kill Bylsma that he can't sit Bort and Maatta. We need Scuds back or resign Eaton.
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Re: OFFICIAL GDT: ISLANDERS VS PENS (11/22/13)

Postby farnham16 on Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:02 pm

Man, I don't know about you guys, but I love seeing young, promising players with talent benched every game for fringe NHL guys with no talent.
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Re: OFFICIAL GDT: ISLANDERS VS PENS (11/22/13)

Postby Gaucho on Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:04 pm

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Re: OFFICIAL GDT: ISLANDERS VS PENS (11/22/13)

Postby Beveridge on Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:04 pm

It's weird though. The Pens twitter account always posts the pairings at practice. The last few weeks (since we haven't seen Bort) they only announce Forward groupings and if they say anything blueline related, it's rotation. Even the media has been hush hush on it.

Just weird all around.
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Re: OFFICIAL GDT: ISLANDERS VS PENS (11/22/13)

Postby Shakes on Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:07 pm

LET'S GO PENS!!
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Re: OFFICIAL GDT: ISLANDERS VS PENS (11/22/13)

Postby Gaucho on Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:07 pm

farnham16 wrote:Man, I don't know about you guys, but I love seeing young, promising players with talent benched every game for fringe NHL guys with no talent.


I'm ok with Bennett and Maatta playing.
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Re: OFFICIAL GDT: ISLANDERS VS PENS (11/22/13)

Postby shafnutz05 on Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:08 pm

Deryk Engelland is on Bylsma's Quizzo team
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Re: OFFICIAL GDT: ISLANDERS VS PENS (11/22/13)

Postby pcm on Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:09 pm

Bortuzzo is still learning his lesson for that giveaway in his last game.
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Re: OFFICIAL GDT: ISLANDERS VS PENS (11/22/13)

Postby columbia on Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:09 pm

shafnutz05 wrote:Deryk Engelland is on Bylsma's Quizzo team


I read that as Quizno and was very confused.
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Re: OFFICIAL GDT: ISLANDERS VS PENS (11/22/13)

Postby pcm on Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:09 pm

shafnutz05 wrote:Deryk Engelland is on Bylsma's Quizzo team


He'll have to face off against Therrien's team featuring, Michel Ouellet and co.
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Re: OFFICIAL GDT: ISLANDERS VS PENS (11/22/13)

Postby mikey287 on Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:10 pm

Nice call, Steigy...
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Re: OFFICIAL GDT: ISLANDERS VS PENS (11/22/13)

Postby Beveridge on Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:14 pm

What are they thinking shooting the puck after just one pass. Terrible.
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Re: OFFICIAL GDT: ISLANDERS VS PENS (11/22/13)

Postby shafnutz05 on Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:14 pm

Beveridge wrote:What are they thinking shooting the puck after just one pass. Terrible.


That brings their average from 15.8 to 14.6
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Re: OFFICIAL GDT: ISLANDERS VS PENS (11/22/13)

Postby Beveridge on Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:15 pm

Wow
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Re: OFFICIAL GDT: ISLANDERS VS PENS (11/22/13)

Postby shafnutz05 on Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:15 pm

KOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON
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Re: OFFICIAL GDT: ISLANDERS VS PENS (11/22/13)

Postby profpolisci on Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:15 pm

Wow!!
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Re: OFFICIAL GDT: ISLANDERS VS PENS (11/22/13)

Postby Beveridge on Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:16 pm

Point, Geno.
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Re: OFFICIAL GDT: ISLANDERS VS PENS (11/22/13)

Postby shafnutz05 on Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:16 pm

Seeing some damn pretty goals lately
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Re: OFFICIAL GDT: ISLANDERS VS PENS (11/22/13)

Postby Gaucho on Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:16 pm

Nice!
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Re: OFFICIAL GDT: ISLANDERS VS PENS (11/22/13)

Postby Shakes on Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:16 pm

Kunitz made that finish look too easy. Another sweet goal.
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Re: OFFICIAL GDT: ISLANDERS VS PENS (11/22/13)

Postby GDR on Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:16 pm

Hard to get two prettier power play goals than the last two for the Penguins
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