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Tuesday, December 3rd (All times Eastern)

Pittsburgh Penguins (18-9-1) at New York Islanders (8-15-4), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Islanders would like to put their poor November showing behind them.

A win in Tuesday's home clash against the streaking Pittsburgh Penguins could get the Islanders off to a quick start in December, as a pair of Metropolitan Division rivals do battle at Nassau Coliseum.

The Isles turned in a brutal 4-10-1 record in November, ending the rough month on a six-game losing streak. That current 0-5-1 slide is the longest losing streak for New York since it suffered through an 0-4-2 stretch from Oct. 20- Nov. 3, 2011.

New York did manage to earn a point in its most recent outing, but the overtime loss to Washington was still a tough one to swallow.

Thomas Vanek put the Islanders on top on his goal with 1:51 remaining, but Nicklas Backstrom tied things up with 49 seconds to go to force the extra session. Alex Ovechkin then scored the game-winner 2:07 into overtime to lift the Capitals to a thrilling 3-2 win on Long Island.

Ovechkin skated along the right side and cut back to the middle of the ice before putting a shot on goal that was turned away. Moments later Ovechkin corralled a loose disc and successfully deposited it into the back of the net.

"We finally get the lead and instead of keep playing hard, we sat back for no reason," Vanek said. "We should have took it to them for 60 minutes, and not 59."

Cal Clutterbuck added a goal for the Islanders, while Anders Nilsson allowed all three goals on 30 shots.

New York aims to salvage the finale of a four-game homestand on Tuesday, but will have to do so against a Pittsburgh team that has taken five of the last six regular-season meetings in this series. Of course, the Pens also ousted the Isles from the opening round of last spring's playoffs, beating New York in six games.

The clubs have split two encounters since that postseason encounter. The Isles beat Pittsburgh, 4-3, on Oct. 25 in the Steel City before the Pens won another home test on Nov. 22 by the same score. Sidney Crosby scored with 1:16 remaining in the third period to lift Pittsburgh to victory in the most recent encounter.

The division-leading Pens, who also have won five of their last six regular- season tilts at the Coliseum, enter Tuesday riding a three-game winning streak. Pittsburgh is 6-1-1 in its last eight trips to the ice and last played on Saturday when it dismantled the Florida Panthers in a 5-1 rout.

Evgeni Malkin had one goal and three assists to lead the Pens to the road win, continuing his recent offensive surge.

The Russian star has four goals and 13 assists during an eight-game point streak for the Penguins, tying him with Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf for the longest current run in the NHL.

Malkin was named the NHL's First Star of the Week on Monday and is second in the league with 35 points (7 goals, 28 assists). Only his teammate Crosby has more with 36 points on 13 goals and 23 helpers.

"I'm not at the top (of my game)," Malkin said after his recent four-point night. "Sometimes I have the puck and I need to shoot. Instead I pass. It's a mistake for me. Sometimes I'm in a great position to shoot. I just need to shoot myself."

James Neal, Chris Kunitz, Joe Vitale and Jussi Jokinen also lit the lamp in Saturday's win, while Jeff Zatkoff stopped 39-of-40 shots in the victory.

Marc-Andre Fleury could get the start for Pittsburgh tonight. The veteran backstop is 18-7-3 with a tie and a 2.54 goals against average in 31 career games against the Isles.

Malkin has victimized the Islanders for 51 points (20G, 31A) in 41 career games against them. Crosby has amassed a remarkable 78 points in 43 outings in this series, notching 22 goals and 56 assists along the way.

12/03 11:00:33 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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