Originally posted on Red Light District Hockey  |  Last updated 11/21/11

The Morning After:
Yesterday’s results:
Hurricanes 3, Maple Leafs 1
Sharks 4, Avalanche 1
Red Wings 4, Ducks 2
Canucks 2, Senators 1 (OT)
Predictions record: 4-0

RLD 3 stars of the night:
1. Patrick Marleau, SJ (3 goals)
2. Jeff Skinner, CAR (1 goal, 1 assist)
3. Cory Schneider, VAN (28 saves)
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Today’s slate:
Hurricanes @ Flyers, 7:00 ET
Islanders @ Penguins, 7:00
Coyotes @ Capitals, 7:00
Flames @ Blue Jackets, 7:00
Bruins @ Canadiens, 7:30
Devils @ Panthers, 7:30
Oilers @ Stars, 8:30

Game of the night:
New York Islanders @ Pittsburgh Penguins
7:00 ET… TV: CBC, VERSUS, Local Networks

Records:
Overall: Islanders (5-9-3) … Penguins (11-6-3)
Away/Home: Islanders (0-4-2) … Penguins (6-1-1)
Last 10: Islanders (2-5-3) … Penguins (5-4-1)
Season Series: 2-0 Penguins

Players to watch:
NYI- John Tavares
Tavares leads the Isles in points and has improved his two-way game this season.
PIT- Sidney Crosby
Who else? Sid makes his return after missing 10-plus months of action. He has 62 points in 32 career games against the Isles.

Starting goaltenders:
NYI- Rick DiPietro (2011-12 stats: 2-2-2, 3.34 GAA)
PIT- Marc-Andre Fleury (2011-12 stats: 10-3-1, 2.04 GAA)

Injury report:
NYI- Al Montoya (hamstring, doubtful), Evgeni Nabokov (groin, out)
PIT- Zbynek Michalek (finger, out), Dustin Jeffrey (knee, out), Ben Lovejoy (wrist, out)

Game thoughts:
The waiting and anticipation is over. Sidney Crosby is back. It’s a tad surprising it’s against the Islanders, considering the melee/brawl/gong-show on Long Island last season. Nonetheless, it’s great for the NHL that Crosby is back in the lineup. The Penguins have beaten the Islanders in each of their first two meetings this season, and you can expect more of the same tonight in the Steel City. The building will be jacked up for this one.
Prediction: Penguins 5, Islanders 2

The rest of today’s predictions:
Flyers over Hurricanes
Capitals over Coyotes
Blue Jackets over Flames
Bruins over Canadiens
Devils over Panthers
Stars over Oilers
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