Pittsburgh Penguins (35-21-7) vs New York Islanders (30-26-7)
At Long Island at 7:00 PM
Watch on FSN/Center Ice or listen at
Now that the drama of the trade deadline is behind them, the Penguins can get moving on towards their playoff run and Division and/or Conference title.
Gary Roberts is done - torn ligaments will end the season for him. Some reports are even saying "well into next year" as far as rehabilitation goes, but I think it's safe to say this is it for Roberts. Having been forced into retirement from injuries once before, Scary Gary may have to hang them up for good now. Huge loss for the Pens.
The Pens recalled Connor James and Nathan Smith (again) on an emergency basis for the Colby/Christensen ship-off.
Which reminds me - in case you missed it, the Penguins traded Erik Christensen, Colby Armstrong, Angelo Esposito and the number one pick to Atlanta for Marian Hossa and Pascal Dupuis.
The Pens also grabbed Hal Gill, a defenseman from the Maple Leafs for a draft pick.
Islanders are on a six-game winning streak.
Pens are 3-0-2 in their last five.
Something's got to give...
On a side note, and completely unrelated to any aspect of this story, Wayne Gretzky is one of the most unanimated speakers ever. Sorry, I was watching a bio on him on the NHLN.
The Hossa trade :
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