PENGUINS vs ISLANDERS PREVIEW
N.Y. ISLANDERS at PITTSBURGH
When and where — 7 p.m. today, Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh
TV — Root
Radio — WQMU-FM 92.5
Records — Penguins 14-8 (28 points, first place Metropolitan Division), Islanders 8-11-3 (19 points, seventh place Metropolitan Division)
Leading scorers — Penguins: Sidney Crosby (11 goals, 28 points), Evgeni Malkin (19 assists); Islanders: John Tavares (16 assists, 25 points), Frans Nielsen (10 goals).
Season series — 1-0 New York
Last meeting — The Islanders scored three third-period goals for a 4-3 comeback victory in Pittsburgh on Oct. 25. Nielsen, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Josh Bailey scored in the third as the Isles overcame two third-period deficits. Matt Moulson, since traded to Buffalo, also scored for New York. Jussi Jokinen, Crosby and Deryk Engelland scored the Penguins’ goals.
Notes — Having regained first place in the Metropolitan Division, the Penguins welcome a foe that sits near the bottom of the division. Their 4-0 win at Washington on Wednesday was the Penguins’ third shutout victory of the year, and four goals is their largest margin of victory. … Crosby leads the league in scoring and is fifth in assists (17). Malkin is tied for second in assists. ... Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (13-6) is tied for the league lead in wins and is fifth in goals-against average (1.90). ... Crosby has points in four of his past five games (3 goals, 2 assists).
About the Islanders — New York was 0-11-2 in Pittsburgh from 2008 to 2011, but is 3-3 in its last six visits, including last year’s playoffs. ... The Islanders have lost six of their last eight, including a 5-2 setback at Toronto on Tuesday. ... New York ranks last in the league in penalty-killing (71.6 percent). ... Forward Thomas Vanek (upper body) is expected to return to the lineup tonight. He has five goals and seven assists (12 points) this season, including a goal and two assists in six games since being acquired from Buffalo for Matt Moulson and two draft picks. ... Poulin is 3-6 with an .898 save percentage.
Next — The Penguins play at Montreal on Saturday.