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Pens Points: Islanders Double Dose

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It's November 21, and the Pens are playing the Islanders? If that sounds familiar, it's because three years ago to the day Sidney Crosby came back after missing nearly a full year with concussion-like symptoms, and boy he did not disappoint. []

Islanders captain John Tavares is sacrificing some personal stats for team wins. [Pro Hockey Talk]

The New York Islanders are much improved on paper, and much improved on the ice. Here is your scouting report. []

Mike Johnston is treating the two-game home-and-home stretch with the Islanders like a playoff series, including in-game and post-game adjustments. The A-word sent sent Pens fans into a tizzy of delight, while others were rolling their eyes. Fun times. [Hockey Buzz]

Pascal Dupuis will be sidelined for at least 6 months, but the team will work out a role for him in order to keep the team's emotional leader around during this time. [PPG]

Marc-Andre Fleury continues to clear mental hurdles and is off to one of the best starts of his excellent regular-season career. []

Flower currently sits at 299 career wins. Will he become only the 4th goalie in NHL history to win 300 games before turning 30 a week from now? [Trib - Mackey]

Simon Despres has altered his game and as a result won the confidence of the new coaching staff and earned regular playing time on the bottom pairing. [PPG]

New assistant coach Gary Agnew has the Penguins defense and penalty kill among the league's best. [Trib - Yohe]

The Pens are auctioning their camo jerseys worn during warmups on November 15 to benefit the Wounder Warrior Project. Go bid on some sweaters! []

The Canadiens have traded forward Rene Bourque to Anaheim for defenseman Bryan Allen, in what should be a win-win for both team. [The Hockey News]

Did you see this Ovechkin game winner against the Avs last night? That was crazy. [Sporting News]

This John Klingberg goal is simply phenomenal. Oh, and it was the first of his career. []

Due to the continuing weather-related difficulties in Buffalo, tonight's Sabres-Rangers game has been postponed. []

John LeClair and Eric Lindros, two-thirds of the Legion of Doom, were inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame before last night's game. []

Then the Flyers went and lost their fourth straight game. [CSN Philly]

Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has been charged with a felony count of corporal injury to a spouse and will be arraigned in the first week of December. If convicted, he could face deportation and a voided contract. [Forbes]

Oh my. The Leafs actually beat a good Tampa team last night, but ditched the post-game salute to the fans, causing an avalanche of outrage. Never a dull moment in Toronto. [The Score]


Jason Spezza is expected to sign a 4-year contract extension with Dallas today. The AAV will be $7.5M. []