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New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins [Game 19 thread]

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The Islanders attempt to match a franchise-record points streak.

Pittsburgh Penguins v New York Islanders
Here we go.
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The New York Islanders of 2019-20 have a chance to asterisk their way into franchise history by matching, kind of, the legendary 1982 Islanders.

That team won 15 consecutive games back in the no-overtime/shootout era. Today’s team hasn’t won every game on this streak — and some of their wins were overtime/shootout-enabled — but they haven’t lost in regulation in 14 straight.

Their foe is the Pittsburgh Penguins, who ended their 10-game winning streak earlier during this run by storming back in the third period. Barry Trotz said that “won’t be a trend,” and it hasn’t been in the other games since.

Semyon Varlamov is in goal for the Isles. Otto Koivula will appear in his second NHL game.

The Penguins, you surely know, are missing Sidney Crosby. This is the first half of a home-and-home with the teams meeting again on Thursday in Brooklyn.

Programming note: Outside the market, this is one of four Islanders games available this month online on ESPN+. The return match on Thursday will also be on ESPN+, as will the Nov. 27 game in Los Angeles.

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