The New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins give it another go tonight after the Islanders downed the Penguins in Pittsburgh on Tuesday by a score of six to three. The Penguins had a huge advantage in just about every score metric imaginable, but Robin Lehner was great to start and Thomas Greiss was great in relief while Matt Murray was pathetic and allowed four goals in eight shots. Murray will get a chance to right the ship tonight in net for the Penguins while Greiss starts for the Islanders.
Robin Lehner left in during the second intermission and did not return. He tweaked something in his lower back and is now considered day-to-day. The team recalled Christopher Gibson on an emergency recall as a result and sent Tom Kuhnhackl to the AHL. Kuhnhackl was placed on waivers 29 days ago and was not subject to waivers as a result.
Cal Clutterbuck is replacing Kuhnhackl’s spot in the lineup for the only change of the night. Kuhnhackl scored in Tuesday’s contest, but was sent down anyway as he was the only one that didn’t require waivers. Clutterbuck was second on the team in relative Corsi percentage before he was shelved with injury.
The Islanders can move into first place with a regulation victory over the Penguins tonight. If other Metropolitan teams win and the Islanders lose in regulation, they would fall to fifth. It’s still early, but the Metropolitan is very tight.
Game time is at 7:00 P.M. E.S.T.