Series (Game 1 of 4)

Winnipeg leads 3-1

Game 1: Thursday, October 27th
Game 2: Wednesday, November 9th
Game 3: Friday, January 6th
Game 4: Saturday, January 7th

Jets 5

(3-7-0, 6 pts)

Penguins 7

(1-4-5, 7 pts)

7:30 PM ET, October 27, 2005

Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1 2 3 T
WPG 4 0 15
PIT 2 4 17

M. Lemieux (Penguins - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 3

S. Gonchar (Penguins - D): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

J. LeClair (Penguins - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

Atlanta (3-6-0) at Pittsburgh (0-4-5) 7:30 pm EDT

Atlanta (3-6-0) at Pittsburgh (0-4-5), 7:30 pm EDT

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- November nears and the Pittsburgh Penguins are still without a win. Thursday may provide a prime opportunity to change that.

The Penguins will try to end their nine-game losing streak to start the season when they host the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday in a matchup of the two worst teams in the Eastern Conference.

With two more losses, Pittsburgh would match the 1943-44 New York Rangers with the most setbacks to begin a season. The Penguins' nine-game slide already ranks as the second-longest to open a campaign in league history.

Perhaps the most frustrating setback in the skid came Tuesday against Florida, a 4-3 loss in overtime. Pittsburgh took its first lead since October 8 - a span of more than 400 minutes - on defenseman Dick Tarnstrom's goal at 7:07 in the third period.

However, the Penguins allowed a late power-play goal and, after captain Mario Lemieux took a penalty with seconds left in regulation, the Panthers converted with a power-play tally 53 seconds into OT.

In order to avoid a 10th straight loss, Pittsburgh will try to take advantage of a Thrashers squad that has lost five of six by a combined score of 29-9.

After snapping a four-game losing streak Saturday against New Jersey, Atlanta reverted to its losing ways Tuesday with a 4-3 setback to the New York Islanders.

Ilya Kovalchuk had his best scoring effort this season with a pair of goals but the Islanders scored three times in a span of 8:24 in the second period to take control.

Kovalchuk, who tied two others with a league-leading 41 goals last season, had just one through his first five games.