Penguins Game Day (Game 6: Islanders) *update*
The Penguins come back home to the Console Energy Center to take on the New York Islanders in a divisional match up that will not disappoint. The Penguins are coming home after a strong effort against the Ottawa Senators, topping them in a Shootout 2-1. The Islanders on the other hand are in the midst of a five game road trip and coming off of a shootout loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Monday.
The Islanders will be a challenge but, the Penguins will plan to build off of the success they had in Ottawa two nights ago and show the Islanders why they are the team to beat in the Atlantic division.
Speculation is Vokoun will get the start in net tonight *Fleury gets the start tonight, while Nabokov will probably get the nod for New York.
In five games Neal has four goals, Crosby has three goals and five points while Malkin leads the team with one goal and six points.
In five games John Tavares leads the Islanders with one goal and seven points while while Moulson and Grabner are tied with three goals and five points.
Game Time 7:30pm est
New York 2-2-1
What to Look For
The Islanders have a plethora of young talent, look for them to utilize a quick transition game while relying heavily on their top two players Tavares and Moulson.
Though this is only the second home game of the year for the Pens, look for them to push hard to get their first win of the season at CEC.
Tavares is one of the most underrated players in the league currently, look for him to make an impact as he enjoys terrorizing the Penguins. (His first NHL goal was against the Guins.)
The Penguins Defense may look a little different with Matt Niskanen possibly out with a lower body injury(2-4 weeks) look for the Penguins to use *Despres once again.
Bortuzzo for his first game of the season.
Look for Pascal Dupuis to be an impact player as he plays very well against the Islanders (3g-6a last season in 6 games, scoring at least one point a game in each.)
The Islanders may seem like a young speedy team, but coaching and poor management has held the team back for a few years now, this is a game the Penguins should win and need to win. Losing is not an option when in the shortened 48 game season especially when it is against you own division. I expect this to be an exciting game fast paced and sloppy at times, but Pittsburgh has more talent and is better coached.
Around the League
P.K. Subban has signed a two year deal worth $5.75 million to stay with the Canadiens. My opinion is after this whole debacle Subban will probably walk after next season to a team more willing to over pay him and attempt to put together a real Championship team.
Ovechkin finally netted his first goal of the season on Monday night in the Caps first win of the season over the Buffalo Sabres.
As of Monday night two teams remain unbeaten The San Jose Sharks (5-0-0) and the Chicago Blackhawks (6-0-0).