Pittsburgh Penguins (23-8-0) @ New York Islanders (13-14-3)
ROOT, NHLN-US, MSG PLUS, RDS2 – 7:00 pm/et
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Uniondale, New York
There's something about the Islanders that we really dislike. For a team that has been pretty awful for many years, they always seem to give the Penguins trouble. This is especially true for games in Long Island. For example:
On this Day in Pittsburgh Penguins History:
March 22, 2007 – Pittsburgh Penguins @ New York Islanders: Islanders win 3-1. [Pensblog Recap]
Can't Jay-Z just buy the team already so there will be something to enjoy about them?
Season Series: 2-1-0
Last meeting that counted: March 10, 2013. Penguins won 6-1.
What we said in our recap:
Crosby is hitting his stride. He has an 8-game points streak. He has 20 points in those 24 periods of hockey. He now has 45 points on the season. Claude Giroux and Alex Ovechkin: 45 points combined. His linemates, Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis, are reaping the benefits. Kunitz netted his second hat trick of the season, and Dupuis added two others.
Know Your Enemy: Lighthouse Hockey
What they're saying:
The Pittsburgh Penguins haven't lost in forever. The New York islanders really need a win tonight. Can this turn out well?
The Pens are a ridiculous +29 in goal differential (helped, of course, by a 6-1 drubbing of the Isles in these teams' last meeting). The Islanders — minus-13 with half being empty net goals — are hanging around the East's playoff bubble, but operating a few steps behind, and suffering from a very narrow margin for error where own goals will kill you.
The coach is quite focused on "battle level" though, suggesting third-period failings and mistakes last night were a matter of lost battles at critical times. It's a common theme, just as "we're a team that needs all 20 guys going" is a theme.
Pittsburgh Penguins Lines:
Kunitz – Crosby – Dupuis
Orpik – Martin
New York Islanders Lines:
Moulson – Tavares – Boyes
MacDonald – Harmonic
Lines via Daily Faceoff.
"I'd like to visit that Long Island place … if only it were real."