GAME FIVE: New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:00pm ET
Consol Energy Center — Pittsburgh, PA — MSG+, NBCSN, TSN
The Islanders head to Pittsburgh tonight for Game Five of the series, after guaranteeing themselves another home game on Saturday with Tuesday night’s win. If they can steal a game here in Pittsburgh — and the way they’ve been playing maybe ‘steal’ isn’t the correct term — they’ll head home with a chance to take the series on home ice Saturday. That would be something, eh?
For the Penguins, they’re ripe with change. Tomas Vokoun is in net tonight, along with a potential change on defense. Mark Eaton appeared to be out of the lineup at this morning’s skate. It also seemed like Joe Vitale might be in as a fourth line center for the Pens. One other thing we’ve missed is that Evgeni Malkin has been suffering from a shoulder injury, which apparently will require off-season surgery.
For the Islanders, there’s no official word on who will replace Andrew MacDonald but Arthur Staple surmised that it could be Radek Martinek. Whether Matt Carkner or Thomas Hickey was in was also still unclear. Martinek has the worst corsi on the team but hasn’t looked that bad in his appearances this year. He’s been fairly effective with Mark Streit and the reason I can say that after saying his corsi is terrible is because, statistically speaking, the competition he played against was also the toughest among Isles defenders.
It’s another big game tonight in Pittsburgh. We’ll see you on the other side.