NEW YORK -- The New York Islanders ended the quirkiest early-season schedule in the NHL by winning three straight road games in a span of four days. Now the task for the Islanders is to produce similar success in their first extended homestand of the 2018-19 campaign.
The Islanders will look to remain hot Thursday night, when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins in an early-season battle for first place in the Metropolitan Division at Barclays Center.
It will be the second straight game between the rivals. The Islanders earned a convincing win Tuesday night, when Jordan Eberle scored twice in a 6-3 win over the Penguins.
The victory capped an impressive road trip for the Islanders (6-4-1), who outscored a trio of division rivals -- the Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes -- by a 14-5 margin. With the win Tuesday, New York (6-4-1) pulled within one point of Pittsburgh (6-2-2).
"Good team over there (and) they (are) going to be ticked off," Islanders center Anders Lee told reporters following practice Wednesday. "We're expecting an absolute response and we've got to be ready to go." >> Read more
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