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Pens salvage road trip, now look ahead to matchup with hated Rangers

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Buffalo Sabres Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Busy weekend for the Penguins with back to back games against the New York Islanders on Friday night and the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. The Pens scraped out 3 points with an overtime win over the Isles and a shootout loss in Buffalo. Sidney Crosby pushed his goal total to 12, scoring in both games. Both Matt Murray and Marc-Andre Fleury saw action as a part of the back to back and both played exceptionally. If you missed anything from this weekend’s set of games you can catch up with our game recaps here and here.

The Pens will return to the ice on Monday night when they play host to the New York Rangers who are making their first trip to Pittsburgh since they were eliminated by the Pens last season. This will be the front end of a home and home between the two sides as they will meet in New York on Wednesday night.

Head over to Blueshirt Banter to check in with our Metropolitan Division rivals.

ICYMI, the Pens acquired minor leaguer Danny Kristo from the St. Louis Blues for minor leaguer Reid McNeill. [Penguins]

Trevor Daley scored the tying goal on Friday night against the Islanders but it is his defensive game that has been making him more valuable than ever. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

With both goalies healthy Marc-Andre Fleury is beginning to adjust to getting less frequent starts between the pipes. [Trib Live]

Still in search of offense from the blue line, the Penguins’ defensemen are trying to create havoc for opposing defenses with their shot. [Trib Live]

After spending the majority of his life playing hockey, Pascal Dupuis is still wrestling with what to now that he has retired from the sport. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

News and notes from around the NHL...

Edmonton Oilers’ superstar Connor McDavid recorded his first career hat trick on Saturday in a win over the Dallas Stars. [CBC]

Dylan Strome has been sent back to the Erie Otters after playing in seven games with the Arizona Coyotes. [Sportsnet]

Barry Trotz wants the NHL to looks at possible embellishment by Nick Foligno after the Capitals lost to the Blue Jackets on Saturday night. [Puck Daddy]