Sidney Crosby has been a thorn in the Islanders side since 2005. But the future Hall of Fame player won’t be on the ice for the Pens tonight.
But Crosby won’t be around for the next few weeks. Crosby underwent surgery recently to repair a sports hernia. He’s expected to be out for up to six weeks. With a home and home series between the Isles and Pens this week, Crosby won’t be available for either.
Crosby has been excellent as always this season, putting up 17 points in 17 games. Missing him will be a huge hit for the Penguins. With that being said, they didn’t seem to miss him when they routed the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-1 on Saturday.
Going into today’s game, the Islanders have some unfinished business with the Penguins. Just two weeks ago, the Penguins were the only team to give Barry Trotz’s men a blemish on their record for 14 games.
After being up 3-0 going into the third period, the Islanders collapsed and the Penguins were able to rally and eventually taking the game in overtime. The Islanders capitulation prompted Trotz to tell the assembled media after the game: “this won’t be a trend.” (See the 3:12 mark of the video.)
Since losing to the Penguins in overtime, the Islanders have built up another three-game win streak. Now they get to play the Penguins again, in their barn and show them this won’t be a trend. And in the process making it 15 games straight with a point, tieing a franchise record.