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C - Martin Straka, Robert Lang, Jan Hrdina, Tyler Wright, Kip Miller. LW - Stu Barnes. German Titov, Patrick Lebeau, Ian Moran. RW - Jaromir Jagr, Aleksey Morozov, Robby Brown, Dan Kesa. D - Darius Kasparaitis, Kevin Hatcher, Brad Werenka, Jiri Slegr, Chris Tamer, Bobby Dollas, Neil Wilkinson, Jeff Serowik, Victor Ignatjev, Maxim Galanov. G - Tom Barrasso, Peter Skudra, Jean-Sebastian Aubin.


Tom Barrasso, g (groin, day-to-day); Peter Skudra, g (injured left ankle, day-to-day).




10/28 at Calgary    W 5-2
10/30 at Vancouver  T 2-2
10/31 at Edmonton   L 4-1
11/03 Philadelphia  T 4-4
11/05 at Ottawa     W 4-2
11/07 Boston        T 0-0


Atlantic Division   GP   W   L   T   PTS   GF   GA   
  New Jersey        12   7   5   0    14   25   26   
  NY Islanders      14   7   7   0    14   34   35   
  Philadelphia      14   5   5   4    14   34   33   
  Pittsburgh        12   5   3   4    14   32   32   
  NY Rangers        13   3   6   4    10   24   36


by Jerry Fairish, Pittsburgh Correspondent

Well, the good news is that the Penguins are tied atop the Atlantic Division with the New Jersey Devils and the Philadelphia Flyers. The bad news is that is has taken four ties and zero wins at home to do it.

The Penguins remain the only team left in the Eastern Conference that has not been able to put a W on the board at home. Their record at home is a dismal 0-1-3, but 5-3-4 overall, which is good enough for a share of first.

I know what you're thinking: "They've only lost once on home ice." Well, I got news for you, Sparky, after last season when the Pens managed to not win or lose 18 times, 10 of which were at home, it makes it difficult for fans here to spend upwards around $85-$100 for a ticket.

Saturday's game was a prime example. The Pens and the Bruins each walked away with a point, however, neither team managed a single goal. Final score: Pittsburgh 0 Boston 0. BORING! It wasn't like goaltenders Jean-Sebastien Aubin and Byron Dafoe were outstanding; it was pretty much a game of going through the motions.

I know I'm being hard on the Penguins, but this season doesn't have the excitement of the past. I don't know if it's because of the money trouble and the talk that owner Roger Marino would like to move the team out of Pittsburgh, or maybe it's that last season sucked so bad that I just haven't been able to get into this one yet. We shall wait and see.

All's not lost, though. There is some good news coming from the Igloo. First, as I stated earlier, rookie goalie Jean-Sebastien Aubin has done a good job replacing both Tom Barrasso and Peter Skudra, who have both gone down with injuries. Aubin has posted a 1-1-1 record with a GAA of 2.35. Not too shabby. He also recorded his first NHL shutout Saturday against the Boston Bruins proving that he will be able to be an adequate replacement for the time being.

As far as Tommy B. is concerned, he was dressed for Saturday's game and could have played if needed. He'll probably be starting by the time you read this.

The biggest news of the week was the return of Darius Kasparaitis. Good ol' Darius had missed the beginning of the season with what is thought to be a torn ACL. He hit everything that moved Tuesday night as the Pens TIED the flyers 4-4. Surprise. It's just like Father's Day here with all the ties recently.

I like soup.


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