PENGUINS (13-3-2) at ISLANDERS (13-6-0)
TV: CITY; ROOT, MSG+
Season series: The New York Islanders won 5-4 in a shootout against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center on Friday in the front-end of a home-and-home series. The Penguins beat the Islanders 3-1 in Pittsburgh on Oct. 18.
Penguins team scope: Despite the shootout loss to the Islanders, Pittsburgh has won 10 of its past 12 games and is the only team with fewer than four regulation losses. The Penguins lead New York by two points in the Metropolitan Division standings and own the League's top-ranked offense (3.67 goals per game) and power play (33.8 percent). Pittsburgh was unable to take advantage of its proficiency with the extra man Friday because they failed to earn a single power play. Its offense proved to be formidable on 5-on-5 with four goals scored across three different lines, but some early defensive lapses let the Islanders score three times in 95 seconds during the first period after holding an early 1-0 lead.
Islanders team scope: New York continued its hot November by winning in the tiebreaker on Friday. The Islanders are 7-1-0 in their past eight games and trail the first-place Penguins by two points. Despite the win, coach Jack Capuano said he wasn't satisfied with the Islanders' performance, particularly in the second period when they were outshot 17-6. "We're going to have to play better tomorrow night if we're going to have a chance to win the game," Capuano said. "I thought that the second period, we made way too many mistakes. We didn't manage the puck real well, especially against a team like that. But we were resilient, had some good chances. We stayed at it, but collectively as a group, we have to be better."