The Islanders look for their second victory in a row as they take on the rival Penguins at Barclays Center on Wednesday night.
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- The Penguins haven't played since Saturday, when they beat the New Jersey Devils, 4-3 in a shootout, in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh has not had consecutive wins sin November 5 & 8 (at San Jose, vs. Edmonton). In their last three games, the Penguins are 0-for-11 on the power play and have allowed five power-play goals in just nine opponent power-play opportunities.
- The Islanders beat the Calgary Flames on Monday, 2-1, on an overtime goal by Thomas Hickey. Despite Monday's win at home, the Islanders have struggled at the Barclays Center this month going just 2-2-3, and have scored just 2.0 goals per game (14 goals/7 games).
- The Penguins have won four straight against the Islanders, including both meetings this season (October 27 in Pittsburgh, 4-2 & November 18 in Brooklyn, 3-2). Since the beginning of this calendar year, the Islanders have scored just nine goals in six meetings with the Penguins, and only four at even strength.
- Pittsburgh is one of just three NHL teams with three players at 20+ points with Phil Kessel (21), Evgeni Malkin (21) and Sidney Crosby (20). The other two are the Blackhawks (Kane, Panarin & Anisimov) and the Flyers (Simmonds, Giroux & Voracek).
- Sidney Crosby has an eight-game point streak (13 points, 6 goals, 7 assists total) against the New York Islanders, the longest active point-streak against the Islanders.
- Thomas Hickey had the overtime game-winning goal on Monday versus Calgary. Hickey, a defenseman, has now scored an overtime goal in each of the last three seasons despite scoring just 10 total goals since the beginning of 2014-15. Hickey is just one of three NHL defensemen with an overtime goal in each of the last three regular seasons (also Brent Burns and Oliver Ekman-Larsson).
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