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Saturday, October 25th (All times eastern)

Pittsburgh Penguins (1-3-2-0) at New York Islanders (3-2-1-0), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Atlantic Division-leading New York Islanders will look to remain unbeaten at home this season, when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Coliseum on Saturday night.

New York has won both of its home contests this season after finishing just 18-19-5-0 in its friendly confines last year. The Islanders are tied with the Philadelphia Flyers atop the division with seven points apiece.

The Isles had their four-game unbeaten streak stopped with a 3-0 defeat to the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Thursday. Jose Theodore stopped all 34 New York shots he faced to back the win, including 17 in the third period.

Rick DiPietro finished with 18 saves for the Islanders, who were 3-0-1 in their previous four games.

On the injury front, New York workhorse defenseman Adrian Aucoin played despite a groin strain that held him out of the previous game. Aucoin skated for a team-high 18:55 in the loss.

Pittsburgh is tied with the New York Rangers in the cellar of the Atlantic with just four points. The Penguins' struggles continued on Friday night in the form of a 2-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils.

Martin Straka scored the lone goal for the Penguins, who have dropped five straight home encounters with New Jersey. Rookie goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was solid in net as he made 32 saves.

Pittsburgh was awarded a power play with just under five minutes left in the game, but could not convert.

Mario Lemieux has an assist in five consecutive games and now has 1,698 points in his career. The only players in NHL history to reach the 1,700 mark are Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Mark Messier, Marcel Dionne and Ron Francis.

New York dominated the series between these clubs last season, going 4-0-0-1 in five contests. Over the past three years, New York is 9-3-1-2 versus the Penguins, including 5-1-0-1 at home.

10/25 10:03:57 ET


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