Tonight in the NHL: Penguins face Islanders

Tonight in the NHL: Penguins face Islanders
March 10, 2013, 1:30 pm
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The Flyers will take on the Sabres tonight a day after suffering a 3-0 loss to Boston.

Ilya Brzygalov gave up three first-period goals to the Bruins and the Flyers never recovered (see story).

So with the Flyers looking to break a three-game losing streak tonight, here are a few other NHL games to watch for:

Islanders at Penguins, 7 p.m.

This Atlantic Division matchup will feature two top players in the NHL: Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Islanders center John Tavares. Crosby is ranked first in the NHL in points with 40, while Tavares ranks third in goals with 16.

Crosby will need to continue his NHL-leading production, in case Evgeni Malkin is unable to suit-up against New York. Malkin is listed as questionable after suffering a hit from ex-Flyer James van Riemsdyk in Pittsburgh’s 5-4 shootout victory over Toronto on Saturday.

The win notched Pittsburgh’s fourth in a row and the team has not lost yet in the month of March.

Jets at Devils, 7 p.m.

The Devils, who have been without star goaltender Martin Brodeur (back) since Feb. 21, are looking to avoid their eighth loss in nine games.

When asked about his team’s recent struggles, Devils head coach Peter DeBoer did not hold back, saying, “We've got to get wins. I'm not going to kid you and tell you I'm not worried.”

The Jets started off the season at 5-8-1, but have since gone 7-3 and are attempting to keep their strong play going. Andrew Ladd is a key contributor to this recent streak, leading the team in goals with 13 and assists with 11.

Blues at Ducks, 8 p.m.

The Ducks look to make franchise history tonight by going for their 11th straight home win.  Netminder Viktor Fasth has been stellar in net and ranks third in the NHL with a goals-against average of 1.92.

What is even more impressive, Fasth is lights-out at home, posting a 0.99 GAA in all five of his starts in Anaheim.

The Ducks are not the only hot team right now, however. The Blues have scored 14 goals in their last three games and are attempting to win their third in a row.