The Islanders are on a four-game home stand tonight, with this being the fourth meeting of the season against the Pittsburgh Penguins. New York holds a 1-2-0 record against Pittsburgh this season; this five-game series concludes in Pittsburgh on March 30.
The Isles third period blues continued in a tough 5-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday. John Tavares and Lubomir Visnovsky scored for New York, who allowed three third-period goals.
Matt Moulson is on a team season-high, six-game assist streak (7a). Moulson leads the Islanders with 21 assist. Also streaking is Brad Boyes who is on a team season-high, six-game point streak (3g/5a). He has 11 points (4g/7a) in his last nine games.
The Director of Homeland Security:
Evgeni Nabokov has been the director of homeland security for the Isles, manning the cage for 25-of-30 games this season. Nabokov who has 54 shutouts, which has the keeper tied for 19th all-time with Bernie Parent and Ed Giacomin.
Tavares the Terrific
John Tavares is tied for second in the NHL goals race with 18 and ranks ninth overall in points (32). Tavares is one goal shy of the league lead in power-play goals with eight.
Islestones to Watch for:
Travis Hamonic is one assist shy of 50
Andrew MacDonald is one assist shy of 50
Matt Moulson is three assists shy of 100
The Isles and Penguins game is set to air on various TV Networks including the NHL, RDS2 and the MSG Plus 2 channels, face-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.