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Isles Injuries Starting To Mount

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When you think of the New York Islanders and associate the word "injury" to their name, you automatically think of all the man-games lost by this team over the past few years and immediately think of the infamous Rick DiPietro. But right now, the injury bug is starting to bite in places other than the 15-year man's knees.

Brian Rolston was placed on the Injured Reserve retroactive to Dec 15th due to a concussion he sustained during the team's 3-2 loss to the Dallas Stars this passed Thursday. He left the game and did not return and has not played since.This has allowed Nino Niederreiter to return to the line-up without their having to be any major changes to the roster.

Other players, like Tim Wallace, have been getting extra playing time as well. Although Wallace has previous NHL experience with the Pittsburgh Penguins, he really hasn't been all that impressive.

Elite vs Elite - Blackhawks fall short to Penguins 3-2

 

Coming into this game the Pittsburgh Penguins IR list was probably longer than their active roster or so it seemed. It also isn’t the size of the list but who is on the IR list. Namely their top guns and scoring threats would be absent which should give the Blackhawks an advantage you would think.

The Penguins coming into the game also have a very good record against western opponents at 6-1-3. While the Penguins are down valuable players they proved you can’t dismiss them or think that any team has an advantage which makes them a very scary team. I can’t even imagine if they had their full roster playing.

As the game opened there was a feeling o...

Headliner showdown: Blackhawks vs Penguins

The Chicago Blackhawks (22-9-1) go into Pittsburgh on Tuesday evening to face the Penguins with a 7-0-1 record in December, and looking to collect their sixth straight road win. Not counting preseason match-ups, Chicago and Pittsburgh usually only face off once per year, so there's always anticipation around their games.

As the Blackhawks continue their hot streak of games, the team has gained a lot of confidence, and it is showing in their play. Solid, consistent effort across all three periods is becoming more frequent, and Sunday night's game saw the fourth line chipping in offensively as well. The team has consistently flirted with the top spot in the league and cur...

Pittsburgh Throttles Buffalo

 

Struggling was not the proper word for what the Penguins had been going through. They were flat out terrible in their last 5 games, that is until Ryan Miller came to town.  There are always teams that you can count on for a boost. Beating teams like the Islanders or Hurricanes have been a great way this season to get back on track, but for the Pens, Ryan Miller is almost equal.

Against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Ryan Miller is terrible, and that is being nice. His save percentage is under .9 and his goals against is now 3+.  Crosby used to be the biggest part of that, but last night, Malkin and the boys took it to him.  Scoring three goals in the first ten ...

Nabby Returns, But For How Long?

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The Islanders announced on their home page yesterday that goaltender Evgeni Nabokov was close to making his return to the Islanders line-up.

Per the Isles official web-site:

“Nabby is close,” Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano said after practice at Iceworks. “He’s been practicing. Yesterday and today, he had good days.”

Isles Link Checks 12/12/11

Take a look at some of the best links involving the Islanders from the past week!

Detroit Visits Sid-Less Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby will not play Tuesday against the Detroit Red Wings due to a recurrence of concussion-like symptoms.

Crosby, who missed nearly ten months because of a concussion, returned a few weeks ago and was playing excellent hockey, until a couple of collisions made the Penguins take him out of the line-up as a precaution for two games, but now that has changed to an indefinite time frame.

Jordan Staal might also sit for the Pens as well.

Detroit will have Jimmy Howard in net tomorrow at the Consol Energy Center. Detroit has lost its past two games against the Penguins, with the last win coming two years ago in Hockeytown, a 3-1 win which saw ...

Atlantic Division Holiday Wishes: Pittsburgh Penguins

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In this 5 part series, Brian Bock informs you about the Holiday Wishes of the teams in the Atlantic Division. Next team up, the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Islanders Fall to Short-Handed Pens

Islanders fall to short-handed Penguins lineup. Travis Hamonic ejected from the game for a mystery elbowing penalty. (Picture courtesy of zimbio.com)

Old rivalry introduced to new faces

For the Philadelphia Flyers and their fans, much of the 2011-12 season will be focused on the New York Rangers. Because of this year’s Winter Classic matchup, players and fans should expect to be inundated with questions, information and banter about the hatred between the Broad Street Bullies and the Broadway Blueshirts.

However, there is still one rivalry that has been overshadowed thus far. That rivalry includes the team on the other side of the Keystone State, the Pittsburgh Penguins.