By: DAVID KOLB
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (13-6-3) @ NEW YORK ISLANDERS (7-10-4)
DESPERATE FOR POINTS
The New York Islanders defeated the Calgary Flames on Monday and look to make it two-in-a-row tonight against the reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. The Isles are 0-1-1 against Pittsburgh this season, and with upcoming matches against the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers, the Isles have to find ways to gain points if they want to climb back into the playoff race.
HOME SWEET HOME
The Islanders are clearly a different team on their home ice as they sit 1-6-1 on the road while improving to 6-4-3 at the Barclays Center following their win Monday over the Flames.
CROSBY ON TOP
Sidney Crosby scored Saturday against the New Jersey Devils and is now tallying nearly a goal-per-game with 15 goals in 16 games to lead the NHL. Crosby will warrant serious coverage tonight as he enters the game with 20 points, including five power play goals.
Isles’ captain John Tavares scored a first-period goal and then assisted on the game-winning goal in overtime against the Flames Monday, giving No. 91 his first goal in nine games. The pair of points gives Tavares six goals and 17 points through 21 games, however, the pressure will be on tonight for the Islanders’ top center to keep pace with the Penguins’ high-skill scorers.
HORNQVIST TO RETURN
The Penguins will get an offensive boost tonight as Pittsburgh right winger Patric Hornqvist is slated to return after missing six games with a concussion. Hornqvist has been excellent this season and begins the night with five goals and 13 assists for 13 points in 16 games.