Pittsburgh Penguins (6-3-0) @ New York Islanders (4-3-1)
ROOT, MSG PLUS, 7:00 pm/et
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum - Uniondale, New York
It's easy to overlook the Islanders. We do it all the time. However, it's a bit of a bigger problem when the Penguins do it.
The last time the Penguins played the Islanders, the Pens hockey ability was even worse quality than this video:
Will today be any different?
Season Series: 0-1-0
Last meeting that counted: January 29, 2013. Penguins lost 4-1.
What we said in our recap:
The usual mantra about not getting too low or too high still rings true. That doesn't make what happened last night any easier. It was embarrassing, and it has nothing to do with how people want to perceive the opponent's skill level. There was booing. There were obscenities.
Here is what we know: there is something off about the Pens. Offensively, they look lost. 2 goals in the last 2 games. With a defense as questionable as this one is, the offense has to take some of the load off the blue line, and it just isn't happening.
Know Your Enemy: Lighthouse Hockey
What they're saying:
The New York Islanders fumbled their latest shot at the New Jersey Devils, and the Pittsburgh Penguins knocked theirs out of the park, so tonight we have the Penguins at the Coliseum with a chance to take over the Eastern Conference lead, while the Islanders can either take back a share of second place in the Atlantic with a win, or fall back to NHL quasi-.500 with a loss.
It's been an uneven start to this season for the Pens, with disappointing losses to Toronto, Winnipeg and the Islanders. But they've also beaten the Rangers by three (twice) and are coming off big-margin victories over the Devils and Washington Capitals on back-to-back weekend games.
Tonight the Penguins are looking to avenge a thorough home defeat to the Isles in front of the largest crowd in their new building's history. Coach Dan Bylsma said the Islanders "mopped" up the Pens last time, and to a man they feel that game exposed some things that needed addressing.
Pittsburgh Penguins Lines:
Kunitz - Crosby - Dupuis
Boychuk - Malkin - Neal
Cooke - Sutter - Kennedy
Glass- Vitale - Adams
Despres - Letang
Orpik - Martin
Engelland - Bortuzzo
New York Islanders Lines:
Moulson - Tavares - Boyes
Grabner - Nielsen - Okposo
Ullstrom - Aucoin - ?
Martin - Reasoner - Cizikas
Strait - Streit
MacDonald - Hamonic
Finley - Carkner
Lines via Daily Faceoff.