The New York Islanders get the Penguins on their schedule for the second time in three days on Thursday, completing their home-and-home with the Atlantic Division leaders in Pittsburgh. Game time is 7 p.m. ET (MSG +).
The Penguins (7-2-2) shutout New York on Tuesday, extending the Islanders losing streak to three games. New York (3-4-0) out-shot Pittsburgh, but Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury starred as Pittsburgh won, 3-0
Not all was bad, though. Newsday's Alan Hahn tweeted, "First indication that Isles are respected again: opponents no longer tossing their backup goalie against them. Fleury has been sensational."
The Islanders must contend with the return of Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin, who returned to the ice Tuesday after missing about two weeks with a knee injury. Malkin didn't score against the the Islanders, but he did log significant minutes. The more he gets comfortable on the ice, the more he could be a problem for New York.