Pittsburgh (7-4-2) at NY Islanders (4-8-1), 7:00pm EST
UNIONDALE, New York (Ticker) — Just as they seem to be hitting
their stride offensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins may be without
their centerpiece as they try to extend their winning streak to
The Penguins visit the New York Islanders for an Atlantic
Division clash on Saturday, but superstar center Sidney Crosby
is questionable with an undisclosed injury. He originally
suffered the injury on October 30 in a 4-1 loss to the Phoenix
Coyotes, but was able to play in Pittsburgh’s next two games.
However, he left practice early on Friday after participating in
a power-play session and his status for Saturday is up in the
air. The 2007 Hart and Art Ross Trophy winner – who missed 29
games last season with a high ankle sprain and had a hip injury
earlier this season – has recorded three goals and 13 assists
while playing every game this season.
In picking up consecutive wins over the St. Louis Blues and
Edmonton Oilers, the Penguins have posted their two highest
scoring outputs of the season. Offseason acquisition Miroslav
Satan notched a goal and two assists in a 6-3 triumph against
St. Louis last Saturday, then added a pair of tallies in
Thursday’s 5-4 win over Edmonton.
Over the first month of the season, the most the Penguins scored
over any three-game stretch was 10 goals. They have 11 in their
last two games.
With that kind of offensive production, they may be able to
survive a night or two without their 21-year-old leader, even if
Crosby’s 35 career points against the Islanders are his
second-most against any opponent. He has 25 assists in 20
meetings against them.
The Islanders are still trying to turn a corner after finally
recovering from a miserable two-week stretch. From October 18
to November 1, the Islanders went 0-5-1 – including three
one-goal losses – but they have won two of three since. Their
two-game winning streak was halted on Thursday as the Atlanta
Thrashers overcame a 3-1 deficit with three third-period goals
to stun the Islanders, 4-3.
The Penguins took five of eight meetings with the Islanders last
season and New York has struggled within its division so far
this campaign, dropping three of four games.