5 Facts to Know For Islanders-Penguins

The Islanders look to trip up the Penguins in Pittsburgh at PPG Paints Arena.

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*Facts Courtesy of the New York Islanders

1 D-Men Down

The Islanders will be playing without stalwart defenseman Johnny Boychuk, who is recovering from an undisclosed injury. Coach Doug Weight noted he was unsure which Isle would replace Boychuk in Pittsburgh.

On the other hand, Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz (injured in the Rangers-Penguins game on Tuesday) was placed on injured reserve and will be out for a couple of weeks.

2 Tavares Time

Captain John Tavares has a whopping 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in his past nine tilts, including five points (two goals, three assists) in aiding to a four-game point streak.

3 Contain Kessel

Penguins forward Phil Kessel is on fire, notching 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his past seven contests.

He leads the Pittsburgh roster with 13 goals and 34 points.

4 The Hate is Real

“[The Penguins are] just a heck of a hockey club. I think everybody hates good hockey clubs. We hope more teams want to hate us.” – Doug Weight

5 Cizikas Comes Back

Casey Cizikas will make his return to the Isles’ lineup after missing four straight games due to a lower-body injury.