The Islanders host the Penguins on Friday night. According to STATS...
- Pittsburgh was blown out, 7-1, by Washington at Verizon Center on Wednesday night, losing for the second time in its last three tilts overall. The last time the Pens lost by more than six goals was when they were shut out 7-0 by the Hurricanes on December 16, 2001.
- New York was blanked, 4-0, by Tampa Bay at Barclays Center on Monday night, dropping its third straight game by a combined score of 11-3. The whitewash was the first for the Isles since losing 5-0 to the Penguins on April 2 last season.
- Dating to 2015-16, Pittsburgh has won each of its last three games vs. New York, including a 4-2 victory earlier this season (October 27) at PPG Paints Arena. The Penguins have held the Islanders to two goals or fewer in five straight tilts overall.
- Phil Kessel potted the Pens' lone goal Wednesday night, giving him four points (1g, 3a) in his last four skates. Kessel has lit the lamp in two straight games against the Isles, and has 15 points (8g, 7a) in his last 12 skates against New York overall.
- Travis Hamonic scored his first goal of the season in these teams' first meeting of the season, giving him 13 points (3g, 10a) in 28 career games against the Pens. Hamonic also has 79 penalty minutes in his career when taking the ice vs. Pittsburgh -- second most of any active skater since 2010-11 (Matt Martin -- 84).
- Pittsburgh is 8-1-1 (.875) when netting at least one power-play goal this year -- tied for second best in the NHL. New York is 2-5-2 (.333) when allowing one or more PPG in 2016-17 (tied for fourth worst in the league).