No way we're posting an Islanders logo today.
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
TV: ROOT Sports
This isn't about revenge. Taking revenge against the Islanders is like punching a baby for wetting its diaper. The Islanders behaved like untalented idiots last game because that's what they are and that's what they do. Punching Trevor Gillies in the face won't get us two points, though it would feel good. Mario Lemieux was right when he called that game a "travesty" and a "sideshow." There's no need to have that happen again. All that would do is bring out more people who love to call Mario a hypocrite and possibly injure some key players before the playoffs.
Sure, if the Islanders want to mix it up, the Pens will mix it up. But that's not the goal. The Pens can't let the Islanders suck them down to their level. If the Pens want to break anything tonight, it should be the scoreboard.
The win is what matters here. The Atlantic Division title is still within reach for the Penguins. Sitting at home, pondering what a disappointment your season was is all that awaits the Islanders.
Know your enemy: No way.
Season series: Penguins lead 3-2
Last meeting: We're not talking about it.
So is Engelland.
WWF jobber Aldo Montoya will be in net for the Isles.
Favorite Islanders-related Photoshop or gif:
This is what Long Island looks like now.
James Neal - Mark Letestu - Alex Kovalev
Chris Kunitz - Jordan Staal - Tyler Kennedy
Arron Asham - Max Talbot - Pascal Dupuis
Mike Rupp - Craig Adams - Eric Godard
Brooks Orpik - Kris Letang
Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Matt Niskanen - Deryk Engelland
Islanders Lines from Empty Netters:
Matt Moulson - John Tavares - PA Parenteau
Michael Grabner - Josh Bailey - Kyle Okposo
Matt Martin - Blake Comeau - Jesse Joensuu
Micheal Haley - Zenon Konopka - Trevor Gillies
Ty Wishart - Travis Hamonic
Matt Campanale - Radek Martinek
Mark Katic - Dylan Reese
Burn Baby Burn.