Shorthanded Islanders hoping to finally end skid against Penguins

The New York Islanders are in the midst of one of the most challenging season-opening stretches imaginable. But coach Barry Trotz isn’t asking anyone — least of all anyone on the Islanders — for sympathy. The Islanders will look to snap their longest losing streak in more than a decade Fridaynight, when they are scheduled to complete the first homestand at UBS Arena by hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins in Elmont, N.Y. Both teams were off Thanksgiving after playing at home Wednesday, when the Isl…