PITTSBURGH -- After winning the past two Stanley Cups, the Pittsburgh Penguins usually find themselves circled on opponents' calendars. Despite some inconsistency, they lived up to the billing recently.
The telltale speed, the firepower on offense helped them win four of their past five games while scoring 22 goals over that span.
Pittsburgh's opponent Thursday at PPG Paints Arena, the New York Islanders, doesn't come with the same reputation, but that isn't necessarily clear from the numbers.
Going into the Metropolitan Division foes' first meeting of the season, the Islanders (16-9-2) are a point ahead of the Penguins (15-11-3) and are 8-3-0 in their past 11 games. >> Read more
Copyright 2017 by the Associated Press