The New York Islanders keep (pretty much) winning. The Pittsburgh Penguins keep (pretty much) winning. If they're both lucky, maybe the Rangers will be the victims of it all by the time the 82-game season winds down.
Right now, with the Metropolitan Division championship a foregone Capital conclusion, everyone's just playing for the consolation home ice slot, or at least to avoid being the Caps' first encounter in the first round.
The Isles and Pens have kept gaining ground on the Smurfs, to the point that an Islanders win tonight would let them pass those redpants, while a Penguins win would bring them to just three points behind. The Penguins hold the first wild card spot, but it's tight, and even their Pennsylvania rivals are making some real noise.
Islanders (38-21-8, 3rd/Metro) @ Penguins (36-24-8, 3rd/Metro)
7 p.m. EST | MSG+
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Burgh of Pitts: PensBurgh
The teams have split their first two meetings, and they'll have one more, of likely great significance, on a Saturday afternoon (oh no!) April 2.
There have been hints that JF Berube would get a start thanks to the back-to-back, and Seth Rorabaugh's reports from the "very optional" morning skate makes that look all the more likely.
No real morning skate means no real indications on the rest of the Isles lineup, but there were no obvious injuries in last night's 3-2 comeback win over the Panthers, so hopefully no reason to make changes.
UPDATE: But no! The poor performance means there are lineup casualties: Brock Nelson out, Shane Prince out, Ryan Pulock out:
The Penguins are without Evgeni Malkin for an expected six to eight weeks. How are they lining up in his absence?
Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Patric Hornqvist
Carl Hagelin - Nick Bonino - Phil Kessel
Dominik Simon - Matt Cullen - Bryan Rust
Tom Kuhnhackl - Eric Fehr - Conor Sheary
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