The New York Islanders seemingly caught Pittsburgh for a home-and-home set at the wrong time, as former Conn Smythe Trophy winner Evgeni Malkin returned to the Penguins' lineup in Tuesday's opener.
Then again, there is hardly ever a good time for the Islanders to face Pittsburgh as long as Marc-Andre Fleury is in net.
Coming off a shutout that was his ninth win in 11 starts against New York, Fleury figures to get another crack at the Islanders on Thursday night at Consol Energy Center.
The Penguins (7-2-2) have grown accustomed to playing without their stars during the 2011 calendar year, as Sidney Crosby nears the 10-month mark recovering from a concussion while Malkin missed the final 29 games of last season after tearing his ACL.
He also sat out seven of the team's first 10 games and five straight before logging 19 minutes and three shots in his return Tuesday, but the Islanders' biggest problem wasn't Malkin. They threw 33 shots at Fleury, who stopped the...