The injury-plagued Pittsburgh Penguins will look to avoid their third straight loss as they take on the New York Islanders tonight at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Pittsburgh (16-9-4) will once again be without captain Sidney Crosby, who is experiencing slight headaches. The hope is that he'll be able to play when the Pens host Detroit on Tuesday night. Crosby will be evaluated when the Pens return home.
The Penguins will also be missing defensemen Kris Letang and Zbynek Michalek, as well as center Jordan Staal, who briefly skated this morning before heading to the dressing room due to a lower-body injury.
New York (9-11-6) has gone six straight games without a regulation loss. The Isles, who are 4-0-2 over that stretch, rallied from a 2-0 deficit Thursday night before losing in overtime to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Here are the projected lineups for the clubs:
Matt Moulson - John Tavares - PA Parenteau
Michael Grabner - Frans Nielsen - Kyle Okposo
David Ullstrom - Josh Bailey - Brian Rolston
Matt Martin - Marty Reasoner - Tim Wallace
Mark Streit - Travis Hamonic
Steve Staios - Milan Jurcina
Mike Mottau - Dylan Reese
Al Montoya gets his third straight start in goal. Kevin Poulin will back him up.
Scratches for the Isles are Nino Niederreiter (concussion), Evgeni Nabokov (groin) and Rick DiPietro (groin). Andrew MacDonald (leg), Mark Eaton (MCL) and Jay Pandolfo (foot) are on injured reserve. Micheal Haley will be a healthy scratch.
Steve Sullivan - Evgeni Malkin - James Neal
Chris Kunitz - Jason Wiliams - Tyler Kennedy
Matt Cooke - Joe Vitale- Pascal Dupuis
Arron Asham - Craig Adams- Steve MacIntyre
Paul Martin - Brooks Orpik
Deryk Engelland - Matt Niskanen
Simon Despres - Alexandre Picard
With Staal out of the lineup, Williams will be promoted from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Engelland returns to the lineup after missing two games with a lower-body injury.
Other scratches for the Penguins include Letang (concussion), Michalek (concussion), Brian Strait (elbow), Ben Lovejoy (wrist), Richard Park (lower body) and Robert Bortuzzo (concussion-like symptoms).
Marc-Andre Fleury is 16-4-1-3 with a 2.25 goals-against average and .926 save percentage in 26 career appearances against the Islanders.
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