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Prediction: Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Islanders (10/25/11)

This is the first of six meetings between the Atlantic Division rivals. Pittsburgh went 4-1-1 against the Isles last season.

Seeking a fourth consecutive victory, the Penguins look to continue their domination of the Islanders when the teams begin a home-and-home set Tuesday night at Nassau Coliseum.

But just when you thought things were bad in Steel City, think again. The Penguins were hit with the injury bug once again, this time losing Zbynek Michalek. Michalek broke his finger during Saturday’s 4-1 win against New Jersey and will miss 4-6 weeks.

Despite all the injuries the Penguins enter Tuesday’s game atop the Atlantic Division with 6 wins, and points in 8 of their first 10 games. But how long can the Penguins keep going down with injuries and still find ways to produce points?

After coming off three straight wins to finish their season-opening four-game homestand, the Islanders went down to Florida and suffered a pair of effortless losses.

“We had a bad first road trip,” Isles captain Mark Streit said. “Nobody’s happy, but we had a good practice. Now we just have to turn the page and learn from our mistakes.”

The hot players too keep an eye out for are Pens forward James Neal. He is off to a roaring start with 8 goals in 10 games. Kris Letang, the club’s top defenseman, has a goal and 7 assists in 8 contests. Isles center John Tavares leads the club with 10 points (6 goals, 4 assists) in 6 games.

Starting Goalies:

Pittsburgh Penguins -> Marc-Andre Fleury
NY Islanders -> Evgeni Nabakov

Marc-Andre Fleury is , 8-0-2 with a 1.70 goals-against average vs the Islanders.

Evgeni Nabokov went 8-1-0 with a 1.62 GAA and two shutouts versus the Penguins while with San Jose.

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