Penguins vs. Islanders
PPG Paints Arena | Pittsburgh, PA
7:00PM Eastern | SN1, MSG, AT&TSN
Tonight, it’s bigger than hockey.
It’s sure to be an emotional night as the Penguins play their first game in Pittsburgh since the deplorable acts of Saturday morning have shaken not just the community but the world as a whole. Sports can serve as a uniting factor or a distraction or anything in between, and it’s not the time for anyone to be telling *you* how they should serve you.
That’s the beauty of being an individual. This individual is choosing to give you some options on how to potentially help or get involved, if you so choose.
Derick Brassard will be unavailable with an undisclosed injury, and Kris Letang could miss as well after getting “banged up” on the road trip. He’ll be a game-time decision this evening.
If we had to guess, we’ll see a bit of a mix of Simon, Rust, and probably Hornqvist on Sid’s right wing since the Derick Brassard-as-a-winger experiment has been halted due to the injury.
Guentzel – Crosby – Simon
Sheahan – Cullen – Hornqvist
Rust – Grant – Sprong
Dumoulin – Letang*
Maatta – OhSexyBack
Johnson – Ruhwedel
The Islanders are actually off to a pretty impressive start despite very publicly losing John Tavares to the Leafs while the Leafs former GM Lou Lamoriello’s biggest offseason acquisition was probably former Capitals and hence defending-Stanley Cup Champion coach Barry Trotz.
The Isles top-2 forward lines are loaded with talent and they’ve all shared the wealth from a scoring front. Anders Lee leads the Isles with 11 points (4G+7A) on the year through 8 games.
Lee – Nelson – Bailey
Beauvillier – Barzal – Eberle
Ladd – Filppula – Komarov
Martin – Cizikas – Kuhnhackl
Leddy – Pulock
Pelech – Boychuk
Hickey – Mayfield
Maroon the Islanders.