New York Islanders (15-15-2, 32 pts) at Pittsburgh Penguins (17-15-2, 36 pts)
The Pens are coming off of a road win in Boston where they were fortunate to escape with two points. The Islanders have been anything but fortunate lately.
The Isles' high water mark for the season was when they beat Ottawa on 11-28 to go to 13-8-1. Since that time, they're 2-7-1. They're still struggling to put pucks in the net. They haven't notched more than two power play goals in a game since October. They've allowed 34+ shots in five of their past six games.
All of this goes to say that the Pens should win this game. They need to win this game. They have to get some victories within the Atlantic division.
The next 7 games are critical for the Pens. They play six at home (the one that's not is the New Years Day game against the Sabres) against some weaker competition (including Washington and Florida). Time to earn some points!
Let's Go Pens!