While the Pittsburgh Penguins dominated the New York Islanders for the better part of five seasons, they haven't been able to keep up of late.
The surging Penguins try to avenge last week's loss to the Islanders as these clubs meet again Tuesday night at Nassau Coliseum.
Pittsburgh (6-3-0) had compiled a 23-4-2 record against New York (4-3-1) before suffering a pair of 5-3 defeats to close last season's series. The Islanders continued their recent success over the Penguins last Tuesday, cruising to a 4-1 victory at Consol Energy Center behind Evgeni Nabokov's 37 saves.
"The Islanders are maybe not (a team) that people focus on but they have talented players and they've been working hard and playing well. ... If we needed to learn that lesson, we definitely could have learned it with last game," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said.
"We know what happened last time they played us, and it wasn't a good game - they mopped us up. We'll be going into their building in an Atlantic Division ...