The Pittsburgh Penguins return to action Thursday at 7:30 p.m. when they travel to New York to take on the Islanders.
FSN Pittsburgh will televise the contest nationally at 7:30 p.m., while 105.9 The X will start its radio broadcast with a pregame show at 7 p.m. The broadcast may be found live through streaming audio on pittsburghpenguins.com 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 email@example.com and maybe Bob Grove or Phil Bourque will answer your question during the second intermission of the game.
After playing five games in seven days, the Penguins (41-22-10), who trail New Jersey (43-22-8) by just two points in the Atlantic Division standings, enjoyed two days off Tuesday and Wednesday.
Starting with Thursday’s game, the Penguins play every other day to close March, with the exception of a pair of consecutive weekend home games. So far in a busy March, the Penguins have won eight of 11 games and picked up a point in one of the three losses.
Sidney Crosby owns a 12-point lead in the NHL scoring race with 108 points (32+76) in 70 games. Tampa Bay’s Vincent Lecavalier is second with 97 points (49+48) in 74 games.
Evgeni Malkin leads all rookies in scoring with 78 points (31+47) in 69 games. Colorado’s Paul Stastny is second with 69 points (25+44) in 72 games. Penguins winger Jordan Staal is sixth in rookie scoring with 38 points (28+10). He leads all NHL players with a 25.2 shooting percentage and seven short-handed goals, an NHL record for rookies.
Sergei Gonchar is tied for second in scoring among NHL defensemen with 61 points (13+48) in 73 games played. Anaheim’s Scott Niedermayer leads the way with 62 points (12+50) in 70 games.