The New York Islanders take an eight-game points streak into Pittsburgh, where they’ll face the Penguins for the third of six meetings this month.
The first two meetings finished 4-3 — one a real-life regulation win, the other a shootout loss that gives the Isles three points out of a possible four thus far.
The radar is up for potential lineup changes, after Anthony Beauvillier returned (and bumped Leo Komarov from the lineup) during the second game in Buffalo.
#Isles roster moves for today:— Arthur Staple (@StapeAthletic) February 18, 2021
— Kieffer Bellows and Oliver Wahlstrom up from the taxi squad
— Ilya Sorokin to the taxi squad
Cory Schneider will back up Semyon Varlamov tonight. Could be Bellows’ first game since Jan. 30
The Penguins are coming off a series split with the Capitals, which followed their split* (shootout asterisk) with the Isles.
But How Does This Affect Toronto?
Meanwhile, in Toronto, they’ve momentarily run out of drama to manufacture about the Leafs, so it’s time to ask: Is It Time To Ask Sidney Crosby If He Wants To Be Traded? (Don’t click that.)
Don’t ever change.