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Malkin, Letang remain out as Penguins face Isles

Friday, 03.22.2013 / 12:36 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

The Pittsburgh Penguins will put their 10-game winning streak on the line Friday night against the New York Islanders, but they will again be without two stars.

Center Evgeni Malkin and defenseman Kris Letang skated Friday morning, but coach Dan Bylsma told reporters at Nassau Coliseum that neither would suit up against the Islanders.

Malkin, the 2012 Hart Trophy winner, has missed the past six games because of an upper-body injury which the team said isn't related to a concussion that caused him to miss time earlier this season. He has five goals and 24 points in 21 games this season after winning the scoring title last season.

Letang missed Pittsburgh's previous game, a 2-1 defeat of the Washington Capitals, because of a lower-body injury. He leads NHL defensemen this season with 28 points in 25 games.

The Penguins also announced they have recalled forward Trevor Smith from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. Smith is second on the club in goals (18), assists (23) and points (41).

PENGUINS

Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis

James Neal - Dustin Jeffrey - Beau Bennett

Matt Cooke - Brandon Sutter - Tyler Kennedy

Tanner Glass - Joe Vitale - Craig Adams

Paul Martin - Brooks Orpik

Matt Niskanen - Mark Eaton

Deryk Engelland - Simon Despres

Marc-Andre Fleury

Tomas Vokoun

ISLANDERS

Matt Moulson - John Tavares - Brad Boyes

Josh Bailey - Frans Nielsen - Kyle Okposo

Casey Cizikas - Keith Aucoin - Colin McDonald

Michael Grabner - Marty Reasoner - Matt Martin

Travis Hamonic - Andrew MacDonald

Thomas Hickey - Lubomir Visnovsky

Mark Streit - Radek Martinek

Evgeni Nabokov

Kevin Poulin

It's hard to walk into that locker room and look those guys in the eye when they've played -- clearly, that was our best game we've played in the series -- and I thought we deserved a better fate tonight.

— Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper on his team's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens in Game 3 on Sunday