GAME: New York Islanders (30-23-9-3) at Pittsburgh Penguins (13-43-5-4).
TIME: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. EST.
The New York Islanders don't plan on making the same mistakes twice.
Fresh off an embarrassing 3-2 overtime loss to league-worst Pittsburgh on
Sunday, the Islanders will try to bounce back and prolong the Penguins' misery
at Mellon Arena when the teams conclude their home-and-home set.
Locked in a tight race with Montreal for seventh place in the Eastern
Conference playoff chase, the Islanders blew an opportunity to gain ground on
the Canadiens on Sunday, falling to a Penguins team which had won just one of
its previous 20 games (1-18-0-1).
"We just thought we would show up and we'd win," Islanders defenseman
Adrian Aucoin said. "We weren't skating, we weren't finishing our checks. It
really wasn't what (Pittsburgh) was doing, but it was more of what we didn't
Janne Niinimaa and Oleg Kvasha scored and Garth Snow made 20 saves for the
Islanders, who did get one point for the overtime loss.
"It's not good enough," forward Jason Blake said. "I don't think we came
out with enough urgency, for the most part."
The Islanders still trail Montreal by four points for seventh in the East
with 17 games remaining. Montreal defeated New Jersey 2-1 on Monday. New York
is nine points ahead of Buffalo and Florida.
The Penguins hope to channel the momentum generated from a 2-1 road trip
into their first win at Mellon Arena since Dec. 29. New York started
Pittsburgh's home slide with a 6-1 win on New Year's Eve.
Pittsburgh, which has dropped a league-record 14 straight at home, also
hasn't won in regulation since a victory at Philadelphia on Jan. 12.
"We had a wicked travel schedule the last few days," Penguins coach Ed
Olczyk said of Sunday's win. "But they were playing their third game in less
than four full days, so those circumstances offset each other."
Ryan Malone scored the winning goal Sunday 2:45 into overtime, and Andy
Chiodo made 38 saves for the Penguins.
"Give them credit," the Islanders' Blake said. "Every time they play us,
they work extremely hard."
STANDINGS (through Feb. 29): Islanders - 72 points, 3rd place, 12 PB,
Atlantic Division. Penguins - 35 points, 5th place, 49 PB, Atlantic Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Islanders - Mariusz Czerkawski, 23 goals; Kvasha, 30 assists;
Trent Hunter, 45 points; Eric Cairns, 166 PIM. Penguins - Malone, 20 goals;
Dick Tarnstrom, 25 assists and 36 points; Kelly Buchberger, 109 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through Feb. 29): Islanders - Power play: 16.7 percent (43
for 257), 11th (tied) in NHL. Penalty killing: 84.9 percent (242 for 285), 8th
(tied). Penguins - Power play: 15.0 percent (44 for 294), 22nd. Penalty
killing: 76.4 percent (226 for 296), 30th.
GOALTENDERS: Islanders - Rick DiPietro (16-12-5, 3 SO, 2.26 GAA); Snow
(14-14-4, 1, 2.76). Penguins - Chiodo (2-3-0, 0, 2.99); Jean-Sebastien Aubin
SEASON SERIES: Islanders, 3-0-1-1.
LAST MEETING: Sunday; Penguins, 3-2, OT. At Uniondale, N.Y., Ric Jackman and
Tomas Surovy also scored for the Penguins. Kvasha netted a short-handed goal
for the Islanders.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Islanders - 9-14-6-2 on the road; Penguins - 7-21-3-0 at