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The Penguins take on the last place New York Islanders tonight in Brooklyn.

The Islanders are 21st in goals per game (2.4), 23rd in Goals Against (3.0), 24th in shots per game (29.0) 27th on the Power Play (12.9), 23rd on the PK (80.0).

The Islanders not only look like a last place team from the eye test, just about every stat backs up where they currently sit in the standings.

They are 29th in the NHL in SAT% and 22nd in the NHL in 5-on-5 save percentage.

In a deeper Metropolitan Division than last season, the Islanders look cooked as the calendar hits December 1 tomorrow.

The goaltending matchup tonight, Thomas Griess goes for Islanders while in the first game of a back-to-back situation, the Penguins will start Matt Murray in goal.

Word is despite Fleury’s best performance of the season coming against the Islanders this season on Oct 27 and the Penguins facing a better opponent tomorrow night in the Dallas Stars, the coaches would like to get Fleury some home starts in trying to boost his confidence,

Fleury has a 2.61 GAA and .925 save percentage at home. On the road he’s 1-3-2 with a 4.33 GAA and .872 save percentage.

Scott Wilson soon to be Wilkes Barre Bound or Trade Bait?

img_3636Jake Guentzel’s emergence this season will have a significant trickle down effect on the Penguins’ roster in the coming weeks. The Penguins have seen enough since the start of the AHL season from Guentzel where they don’t see a scenario where he plays his way back down to Wilkes Barre. The organization feels he’s here for good and will be an integral part to the team the rest of the way.

Guentzel’s arrival is bad news for three players in particular.

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