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by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins head to Long Island to take on the New York Islanders on Friday in a special 2 p.m. contest.

The CW will televise the contest at 2 p.m., while 105.9 The X will start its radio broadcast with a pregame show at 1:30 p.m. The broadcast may be found live through streaming audio on as well. Tune in for Penguins Hotline following every game on 105.9 The X and the Penguins Radio Network. Join in the conversation with host Bob Grove by calling the Penn Telecom toll-free line at 1-866-922-2874.

Email and maybe Bob Grove or Phil Bourque will answer your question during the second intermission of the game.

This game marks the first of three battles in nine days for the Penguins against the Islanders.

Sidney Crosby, who missed Wednesday night’s game with a sore groin, is questionable for Friday’s contest.

“He went on the ice earlier [Thursday] and felt a lot better than he did [Wednesday], so we’ll see,” Penguins coach Michel Therrien said. “It’s a possibility [he could play], but when he goes on the ice to play, he’s going to be 100 percent. If he’s not 100 percent, he’s not going to play. It’s one of those injuries you have to be really careful with.”

Evgeni Malkin took over the rookie scoring lead with a goal and an assist against the Bruins on Wednesday. He now has 20 points (10+10) in 16 games, while Los Angeles forward Anze Kopitar is second with 18 points (5+13) in 23 games.

Veteran forward Mark Recchi remains hot for the Penguins. He had two goals Wednesday to give him seven points in his last four games (4+3). He remains seven assists shy of 800 and 10 goals shy of 500 for his NHL career.

The Penguins return to action Saturday at Mellon Arena against the New York Rangers at 7:30 p.m.


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