5 Facts: Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

The Islanders return home to host the division rival Penguins.

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*Facts Courtesy of the New York Islanders

1 Halfway Home

The Islanders have officially reached the halfway point of their season and stand at 20-17-4 (44 points) through 41 games.

It’s an improvement over last year, when they were 16-17-8 (40 points) at the midway point. 

The Isles sit two points behind the Carolina Hurricanes for the final playoff spot. 

2 Going Back-to-Back

Both teams will be playing the back-end of a back-to-back tonight.

The Isles fell to the Flyers in Philadelphia, 6-4, while the Penguins were blanked by the Hurricanes, 4-0, at home.

The Isles are 3-4-0 in the second half of back-to-back sets this season.

3 Fight Night

Last night Josh Bailey, Jordan Eberle and Shane Prince all dropped the gloves in the final frame, and the Isles think that might have been a turning point for them. 

“The biggest thing is we were a team out there, we worked together and stuck up for each other,” Ryan Pulock said. “That’s a big period for us moving forward and we have to build off it.”

4 The Last Time They Met

When these teams played on Dec. 7 in Pittsburgh, the Islanders rallied to tie the game with two late goals but ultimately lost in overtime, 4-3.

Rookie Tristan Jarry was in net for the Penguins and he may be again tonight after Matt Murray started last night. 

5 Something Has To Give

The Penguins have struggled to score lately, with one goal or fewer in three of their last four and have been shut out twice in their last six. 

Meanwhile, the Islanders have allowed five or more goals in three straight games and are first in the goals allowed (3.63).