The New York Islanders are set for their third game in four days as they head to Pennsylvania to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Islanders have a two game winning streak wherein the two wins came in very different fashions - First they beat the Philadelphia Flyers by a score of six to one where the Flyers looked completely flat and Twitter blew up with the most calls to fire a head coach this season, then they squeaked by the Carolina Hurricanes in a game where Thomas Greiss once again won a game two to one in a contest the Islanders probably had no business winning. Tonight’s game starts a home-and-home series as the Penguins will head to Barclays tomorrow and they’ll play again on Thursday.
The Penguins come in with 14 points in nine games and lead the Metropolitan division by one point. They also have two games in hand over the second-place Hurricanes. They’ve been very good since Matt Murray came back from injury and have outscored their opponents by a score of 14 to one in their past two games - the Islanders will have their hands full.
Robin Lehner will likely go tonight as he was the first one off the ice, but nothing has been confirmed yet. No other lineup changes are likely. Cal Clutterbuck is still day-to-day while Luca Sbisa and Ross Johnston are healthy scratches.
Game time is 7:00 P.M. E.S.T.