PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Islanders will be vying for more than just a win when they meet Saturday at PPG Paints Arena. Both clubs will be pushing for a turnaround.
The Penguins (36-25-4) have lost three straight games by a combined 17-11, including an 8-4 pasting Thursday at Boston, and have watched Philadelphia move up to displace them in second place in the tight Metropolitan Division.
The Islanders (29-29-7) gave up three straight goals in the third period in a 6-3 loss Friday at Montreal, their fifth loss in a row (0-4-1), a skid that has left them clamoring to try to get into a wild-card spot in the East. They are four points behind Columbus for that last playoff slot in the conference.
Pittsburgh cooled after starting the calendar year 17-5-1. It had won six straight before its three-game skid. << Read more
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