A quick and easy preview lined up for ya here, as I'm sure some of you might be out hustling and bustling early in the day to get a jump on some doorbuster sales with hopes of buying a bunch of crap you probably don't need. But hey, $19.99 for a circular saw? Grandpa might like that.
A 2:00 start isn't all that strange but a 2:00 start on a Friday just might be. Such is life. I'm up for a little early-afternoon hockey, and hopefully a few of you are on board for it as well.
On November 26, 2008, nearly one year to the day, the Penguins shot out to Long Island for a pre-Thanksgiving game against the Islanders. Fleury was injured at the time, so Dany Sabourin got the start in net but it didn't last. Before long John Curry, yet to even start an NHL game, was called upon to keep the Pens in it. Or, at the least, get a little NHL experience under his belt.
The Pens entered the third period down 3-1, but by the time the horn sounded it would be a 5-3 win for Pittsburgh. Evgeni Malkin picked up the hat trick, Crosby a few assists and Curry his first NHL win.
Today the Pens look to pull one out on the island again, preferably with less dramatics. New York's coming off a 2-1 loss to the Flyers Wednesday night in which Marty Biron just couldn't get any offensive help. Prior to that, Dwayne Roloson put on a ridiculous 58-save performance against the Maple Leafs on Monday night to send it to OT. Lucky for him the effort wasn't put to waste as the Islanders edged it out 4-3. They're 5-5-2 for the month of November.
Keep your eyes on team point-leader John Tavares (9g, 11a), Matt Moulson (11g, 8a) and Mark Streit (4g, 10a). Also worth noting: Eternal IR staple Rick Dipietro started practicing with the Islanders this past week. I don't know what the ETA is, but to the best of my knowledge it's the first time he's taken the ice in over a year.
Puck and thread drop at 2:00. Avoid the traffic and craziness of shopping and chill out here instead.