(Sports Network) - The Pittsburgh Penguins will try to avoid a third straight loss this evening, when they visit the Southeast Division-leading Atlanta Thrashers at Philips Arena.
The Pens' most recent setback came Tuesday evening at home, as they were handed a 4-1 setback by the struggling St. Louis Blues. Dan Hinote and Doug Weight each had a goal and an assist to help St. Louis Blues snap an 11-game losing streak.
Evgeni Malkin scored the lone goal for the Penguins, who had won four straight before dropping the last two games.
Sidney Crosby added an assist to push his point-scoring streak to nine games. Crosby has six goals and 15 assists during the stretch.
Marc-Andre Fleury started in net but was pulled after allowing three goals on 12 shots. Jocelyn Thibault finished in net and made 13 saves.
Tonight is the first of back-to-back games on the road for the Penguins, who are 7-6-2 away from the Steel City this year. They will break for the Christmas holiday after tonight's game, then visit New Jersey next Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the future of the Penguins remains uncertain after the state of Pennsylvania rejected a bid by Isle of Capri Casinos for a slots license on Wednesday. The Isle of Capri had pledged to fully fund a $290 million project, including a new arena for the Penguins, if awarded the license.
The rejection comes just days after Canadian businessman Jim Balsillie pulled out of an agreement to buy the Penguins for a reported $175 million.
These setbacks led NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to mention possible relocation to another city as a solution for the Penguins' problems.