The Pittsburgh Penguins Take on the Islanders tonight in New York looking to rebound from their home loss on Tuesday. James Neal had a big night on Tuesday with a couple of goals so expect him to pick up where he left off.
The Penguins went into Tuesday’s game a little free and loose, and of course short a couple of key components. Because of that, the Islanders were able to get ahead and ultimately beat the Pens. Kris Letang who has a lower body injury will be out until at least the weekend. It was also announced that Fleury will be in net tonight, and Brent Johnson will be backing him up. Brad Thiessen, whom has been filling in for Johnson was sent back down to the Baby Pens team in Wilkes Barre Scranton. Joe Vitale and Matt Niskanen will also not be with the team tonight but have an outside chance to play on Sunday.
With their loss on Tuesday and back to back wins by the Rangers, the Pens are now 5 points behind in the standings. At this point, if they would like to have a chance to win the conference, they can not lose again. That is probably asking too much at this point so if all stays the same, expect them to take on the Flyers in the first round of the playoffs. It is still early, but they are creeping up on the Pens, and creating distance between them and the 6th spot. The Penguins on the other hand kept winning and winning, and have not really been able to create much separation between themselves and the Flyers.