-- The Penguins will be without potent 1-2 punch Sidney Crosby (concussion) and Evgeni Malkin (sore knee, sinus infection) tonight against the Islanders. Both have phenomenal numbers against NYI--Crosby with a whopping 62 points (18 goals, 44 assists) in 33 games and Malkin with 40 points (17 goals, 23 assists) in 30 points.
Even with out that power tandem, however, the Islanders know they have a tough test.
"Obviously those are two of the nest players in the game, but they've gone periods of time without them and managed to still find ways to win," defenseman Andrew MacDonald said. "They have a lot of depth up front a lot of guys that put the puck in the net. It's not like we're going to sit back and say, Oh, thank God those guys aren't playing."
-- Coach Jack Capuano said after Sunday's game he'd like to see more out of the Comeau-Schremp-Bailey line. They'll skate together on a line again tonight, Capuano said. He hopes they'll deliver a better effort.
"We want to see more desperation and determination in their game for sure. It's been going on there for awhile," Capuano said. "And they've got to get to the net. They've got to get to the dirty areas. That's where they're going to score goals. We can't have three guys on the perimeter in the offensive zone."
--The Islanders will likely use five forwards (Okposo, Nielsen, Moulson, Tavares, Parenteau) on the power play again tonight after showcasing that new look for the first time Sunday against Buffalo.
Using Nielsen and Okposo, the team's two best defensive forwards, on the two points provides the unit with both a right (Okposo) and left (Nielsen) shot.
Capuano also used Nielsen and Okposo on D for two shifts of the last game as well.
--Kevin Poulin will start tonight, but don't expect him to announce any more of his starts on Twitter...