Pittsburgh welcomes New York after shootout victory


New York Islanders (34-29-9, fifth at Metropolitan) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (42-22-11, third at Metropolitan)

Pittsburgh; Thursday, 7 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: New York visits the Pittsburgh Penguins after the Islanders beat Pittsburgh 5-4 in a shootout.

The Penguins are 24-14-6 in Eastern Conference play. Pittsburgh has scored 244 goals and ranks sixth in the Eastern Conference with an average of 3.2 goals per game. Jake Guentzel leads the team with 35.

The Islanders are 13-6-2 against metropolitan opponents. New York is last in the NHL with 29.0 shots per game.

The teams meet for the second game in a row.

BEST PERFORMERS: Guentzel leads the Penguins with 35 goals, adding 39 assists and totaling 74 points. Sidney Crosby has five goals and six assists in Pittsburgh’s last 10 games.

Brock Nelson has 52 total points while scoring 33 goals and adding 19 assists for the Islanders. Jean-Gabriel Pageau has five goals and four assists in New York’s last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Penguins: 3-6-1, averaged 3.4 goals, 6.2 assists, 3.1 penalties and seven penalty minutes while allowing 3.3 goals per game with a .901 save percentage .

Islanders: 6-4-0, averaged 2.9 goals, 4.2 assists, 4.1 penalties and 9.1 penalty minutes while allowing 3.2 goals per game with a .909 save percentage.

INJURIES: Penguins: None listed.

Islanders: Ilya Sorokin: day to day (upper body), Scott Mayfield: out (lower body), Cal Clutterbuck: out for the season (shoulder).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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