Penguins Game Day (Game 10: Islanders)
It was one week ago today that the Islanders went into Pittsburgh and embarrassed the Penguins in a very lopsided 4-1 win. Tonight the Penguins will have their chance to seek revenge as they travel to Long Island and take on the Islanders. Even though Fleury was pulled in that game I suspect he will be right back in net ready to prove to himself and the fans that last week was just a fluke. Nabokov has played well all season but I wouldn’t be surprised if DiPietro would get the start, if not only to give Nabby a rest.
Since that game the Penguins have grown and found their groove, which will surely make for a more exciting game than on January 29th. Crosby will continue his tear while Geno’s line will continue to look better each night. Boychuk has looked solid in his first two games, he shoots the puck and fights hard. He may not be a big player, but sometimes that isn’t what you need. Bortuzzo and Despres have impressed each night and surely will continue to prove they should be main stays in the NHL.
The Islanders still have one of the most exciting teams on ice. Between Grabner’s speed , Tavares’ skill, and Moulson’s finishing abilities this is a team that is very dangerous. Surprisingly this season their Defense has also been pretty solid, maybe not as physical as you may want on a team built like this, but they are getting the job done. Now don’t be fooled with their record, they have played very well in their eight games, they just had some tough opponents.
Game Time: 7:00pm est
What to Watch For
Fleury will bounce back against the Islanders tonight and will prove he is one of the Top Goalies in the League.
The Islanders defense as solid as it has looked has its flaws, look for them to tighten up against the Penguins.
Penguins Defense will have to be more physical on the Islanders, and with Bortuzzo now in the line up it looks good.
Brandon Sutter, Sutter will continue to impress as he gains more confidence in the Penguins system. Look for him to be a game changer tonight.
The Penguins will not allow themselves to be embarrassed twice by the same team, much less twice in one season. Expect the Penguins to play hard and play fast. The Islanders will attempt to play as they did in the last meeting with the Penguins, but may not expect the Pens to have improved so much. It will be another exciting game, but the Penguins will have the edge with the momentum they gained over the weekend.