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Another Penguins-Islanders battle: More scoring, lots of stress

Tim Benz
New York Islanders’ Mathew Barzal can’t get his stick on a puck underneath Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray with Justin Schultz, rear, defending during the overtime period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019.

Penguins fans, sick of the New York Islanders yet?

I already was after the playoffs last spring. And I sure as heck am now!

On Thursday night, we will witness the third game in 14 days between these two clubs. The Penguins won Game 1 of the season series 4-3 in overtime back on Nov. 7.

The Islanders responded with a 5-4 overtime win on Tuesday.

The Penguins came from three goals down to win their game. The Islanders responded from a pair of two-goal deficits in their victory this week.

So at least the games have been entertaining. Our Penguins beat writer Seth Rorabaugh is in New York covering Game 3 for TribLive. He joins us on the podcast Thursday.

Beyond the rivalry with New York, we look at big-picture topics facing the Penguins.

For instance, why is the power play getting in gear while Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang and Patrick Hornqvist are all injured?

We consider what the best role for Brandon Tanev should be when all the injured Penguins come back healthy.

And we consider the impact of Tuesday’s defeat.

Plus, on a league-wide level, we get into Mike Babcock’s firing in Toronto.

Tim Benz and Seth Rorabaugh discuss the Penguins-Islanders rivalry, as well as the team’s power play and injury situation

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at [email protected] or via Twitter. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless specified otherwise.

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