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Pens Points: On an Island

Pens face Islanders for first time since embarrassing playoff sweep. Get ready for puck drop with a brand new Pens Points.

New York Islanders v Pittsburgh Penguins - Game Four Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images

For the first time since the being swept in the playoffs last year, the Penguins will take on the New York Islanders later tonight. Unlike the last time these two teams met in New York, this game will be played at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Game time is set for 7:00 PM and will be broadcast on AT&T Sports Network.

Get ready for puck drop with the latest news in Pens Points...

The results may have not been there for the Penguins in the last two games but the play certainly was. Controlling play and generating shots are positive signs that will lead to more wins in the long term. [Pensburgh]

It’s pretty clear the Penguins aren’t done making trades yet this season with it only being early November and still months away from the trade deadline. It’s hard to say what moves the team will make, but keep your eyes on Tyler Toffoli. [Pensburgh]

You always remember your first and John Marino will certainly remember his first NHL goal. It was quite the moment in Boston for the hometown kid and the celebrations show just how special of a moment it was. [Pensburgh]

It’s a long ways away yet, but on March 24th when the Carolina Hurricanes pay a visit to PPG Paints Arena, the Penguins will celebrate “Hockey is for Everyone” with their annual Pride Night game. [Penguins]

It was a brief return to the AHL for rookie Sam Lafferty as the young forward has once again been recalled to the AHL. It remains to be seen exactly where he fits into the lineup should he take the ice against the Islanders. [Trib Live]

Fifteen games is roughly 18% of the season and the Penguins sit in decent position given the amount of injuries they have suffered through to this point. While many fans are happy with the team, so is general manager Jim Rutherford. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

News and notes from around the NHL...

We are still a few seasons away from the new Seattle franchise beginning play, but we are getting close to finding out what the team will be called. A new report states that the NHL’s newest franchise will reveal its name before the All-Star break in January. [CBS Sports]

Offsides challenges continue to be a headache around the league, with games being decided by a matter of centimeters only seen by using super slo-mo replay. If the NHL wants to keep offsides replay, then use the full speed video. [Stanley Cup of Chowder]

The Winter Classic is coming to Texas this New Year’s with the Stars and Predators meeting at the historic Cotton Bowl in Dallas. On Wednesday, the Stars released their Winter Classic threads that honor the history of hockey in the Lone Star State. [NHL]