GAME DAY: Islanders at Penguins, 7pm Mikko Koskinen Does Not Like Being Barreled Into

New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins, 7pm ET
Pittsburgh, PA — Consol Energy Center — MSG+2, ROOT

Who do you loathe more? The Penguins can take over first place in the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Divsion from the Rangers with a win tonight. And that makes an Isles loss which, of course, is an Isles loss. That sounds to me like a no-win situation for Isles fans but of course an Isles loss improves that draft position. Choose your rooting interests wisely.

Lineups tonight will be the same as Sunday, with Nino Niederreiter and Mark Eaton being the healthy scratches. So Niederreiter has been knocked down from fourth liner to healthy scratch…

And while we’re at it, LHH has this video of prospect Mikko Koskinen — goalie Mikko Koskinen — getting in a fight in Finland after being run by an opposing player. I believe he is channeling his inner Garth Snow/Billy Smith.

Moulson – Tavares – Okposo
Bailey – Nielsen – Parenteau
Grabner – Cizikas – Ullstrom
Pandolfo – Reasoner – Martin

Streit – Reese
Hamonic – MacDonald
Staios – Jurcina