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New York eyes point in 16th straight for longest streak in its history; Hornqvist game-time decision for Pittsburgh

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

PENGUINS (11-7-3) at ISLANDERS (15-3-1)



The Game

The New York Islanders can extend their point streak to 16 games, which would be the longest in their history, when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins at Barclays Center on Thursday.

The Islanders, who have won four in a row, matched their point-streak record when they rallied for a 5-4 overtime victory at Pittsburgh on Tuesday. They are 14-0-1 in their past 15 games.

New York has had three 15-game point streaks since entering the NHL in 1972; the most recent was a 15-0-0 stretch from Jan. 21-Feb. 20, 1982.

Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist was a full participant at practice Wednesday and will be a game-time decision. Hornqvist has missed the past seven games since sustaining a lower-body injury Nov. 2.

Pittsburgh, 3-1-2 in its past six games, ended the Islanders' 10-game winning streak with a 4-3 overtime victory at Barclays Center on Nov. 7.


Players to watch

Penguins center Evgeni Malkin has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in his past seven games.

Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier has six points (five goals, one assist) in a three-game goal/point streak.


They said it

"He adds a lot. He's hard to play against, he's one of the best net-front guys in the League … He's unique to our team because we don't have a lot of guys that are like him. When he's in our lineup, I think we're a better team." -- Penguins coach Mike Sullivan on forward Patric Hornqvist

"We're just playing hockey right now, and that's kind of the biggest thing, we're not really looking too far ahead. We're worrying about who we have tonight and what's at task. I haven't put any thought into it; I don't think too many guys have. We're just trying to play that team that we're playing tonight." -- Islanders center Casey Cizikas on their 15-game point streak


Penguins projected lineup

Jake Guentzel -- Evgeni Malkin -- Bryan Rust

Dominik Kahun -- Jared McCann -- Brandon Tanev

Alex Galchenyuk -- Joseph Blandisi -- Patric Hornqvist

Brian Dumoulin -- John Marino

Marcus Pettersson -- Chad Ruhwedel

Jack Johnson -- Juuso Riikola

Matt Murray

Tristan Jarry

Scratched: Sam Lafferty, Zach Trotman

Injured: Sidney Crosby (core muscle surgery), Nick Bjugstad (lower body), Kris Letang (lower body), Justin Schultz (undisclosed)


Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- Mathew Barzal -- Jordan Eberle

Anthony Beauvillier -- Brock Nelson -- Derick Brassard

Josh Bailey -- Otto Koivula -- Michael Dal Colle

Matt Martin -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck

Adam Pelech -- Ryan Pulock

Devon Toews -- Scott Mayfield

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Thomas Greiss

Semyon Varlamov

Scratched: Ross Johnston, Leo Komarov, Noah Dobson

Injured: Tom Kuhnhackl (lower body)


Status report

The Penguins did not hold a morning skate. … Schultz left practice early Wednesday, and Trotman was recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League on Thursday. … Martin participated in the Islanders morning skate and will play for the first time after missing nine games with a lower-body injury.


Stat pack

Pittsburgh has killed 23 straight penalties and hasn't allowed a power-play goal in its past 10 games. … Nelson, who scored the overtime goal Tuesday, will play his 500th NHL game. He has seven points (two goals, five assists) in a four-game point streak.

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