The New York Islanders face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at the Nassau Coliseum with puck drop scheduled for 7:00 p.m. eastern time.
The Islanders’ last game was on Monday night where they beat their arch-rivals, the New York Rangers, 2-0 at Madison Square Garden.
Pittsburgh is coming into today’s game with a bit of rest. Their last game was on Saturday night at the Coliseum against the Islanders. The Islanders won that matchup 4-3 with a late powerplay goal.
The New York Islanders look to win three straight with a win tonight, which they have yet to do
For the second time this year, the Islanders are on a two-game winning streak. The last time they did that, they dropped their next five games. The Isles have a great chance tonight to pick up two points against a team that is right on their tail in the playoff race.
Tale of the Tape
The Islanders come into today as the slight favorites, courtesy of the Action network.
This game is a tossup. Both of these teams have been inconsistent over the course of this season and you never really know what you are going to get from each of these teams on any given night.
The Islanders are coming off back-to-back wins, while the Penguins have been off since last Saturday and are carrying a two-game losing streak. There is really no telling which way this game might go.
For the third straight game, the Islanders are not projected to make any lineup changes. Anthony Beauvillier will still be out of the lineup for tonight’s clash.
Other than that, there are no other apparent injuries for the blue and orange, and all indications point towards Trotz and the Isles coaching staff keeping the same 18 skaters and two goalies for tonight.
Semyon Varlamov is projected to get the start after winning his last two starts and picking up the shutout on Monday. Cory Schneider is expected to be the backup netminder.
The Islanders are projected to lineup like this:
Just like the Islanders, the Penguins are not expected to make alterations to their lineup for tonight’s game.
According to Josh Yohe of the Athletic, Evgeni Malkin left practice early yesterday with “eye irritation.” Although Malkin skated off the ice early, he should be good to go tonight.
Tristan Jarry is expected to get the start tonight after making 22 saves on 26 shots on Saturday evening.
The Penguins are expected to lineup like this:
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Where to Catch the Game
TV: MSG+, ATTSN-PT, SN360, SNP
Radio: 88.7FM 103.9FM 98.7FM
Livestream: MSG GO APP, ESPN+
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