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by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins welcome the New York Islanders to Mellon Arena on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

It is the third meeting between the two teams in nine days and second at Mellon Arena this week. Pittsburgh posted a 3-2 win on Tuesday. The contest marks the end of a crucial stretch of five games against Atlantic Division opponents in nine days for the Penguins.

At 11-9-4, the Penguins are fourth in the division with 26 points. However, there is a logjam at the top of the standings with the Rangers (30 points), Devils (28) and Islanders (27) all close. The Penguins dropped a 5-2 decision in New Jersey on Friday.

“We have to bounce back tonight. These are must-win games. It was a must win [Friday] night and it’s going to be a must-win game tonight for us and them,” Penguins coach Michel Therrien said. “Even though it’s early in the season, we don’t want to be kind of behind too much in the standings to battle for a playoff spot. No doubt, for us it’s important to win. I am convinced it’s going to be a good hockey game for both teams.

“Division games are four-point games and they are crucial for both teams, especially us since we’re a little behind and we don’t want to be too far behind.”

Marc-Andre Fleury gets the start in goal Saturday.

FSN Pittsburgh will televise the contest 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 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.

The Penguins will hold their 14th annual toy drive at the game. Every fan who brings an unopened, new toy to the game, or makes a cash donation that evening will be eligible to win Penguins prizes.

All toys and money collected will be donated to the U.S. Marine Corps’ “Toys for Tots” Program for distribution to underprivileged families in the Pittsburgh area. 

Toys and donations will be collected at Mellon Arena Gates from 6:30 p.m. through the first 10 minutes of the first period.

Penguins annual toy drives have collected over 9,000 toys and $19,000 in donations since 1992.


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