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:
- John Tavares
- PA Parenteau
- Frans Nielsen
- Kyle Okposo
- Josh Bailey
- Brian Rolston
- Marty Reasoner
- Tim Wallace
- Travis Hamonic
- Milan Jurcina
- Dylan Reese
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.
- Evgeni Malkin
- James Neal
- Jason Wiliams - Tyler Kennedy
- Joe Vitale
- Pascal Dupuis
- Craig Adams
- Steve MacIntyre
- Brooks Orpik
- Matt Niskanen
- 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
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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