(Sports Network) - The New York Islanders will try to avoid a third consecutive loss tonight, when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena.
After dropping an overtime decision to visiting New Jersey on Saturday, the Isles lost another home game Monday afternoon to Tampa Bay. Vincent Lecavalier's 28th goal of the season was the game-winner as the Lightning edged New York, 4-3, at Nassau Coliseum.
Mike Sillinger was credited with a pair of assists and Alexei Yashin, Viktor Kozlov and Trent Hunter all lit the lamp for the Islanders, who have dropped six of their last eight. With 46 points, New York is just one ahead of Pittsburgh for third place in the Atlantic Division.
Rick DiPietro stopped just 20 shots on Monday to fall to 18-16-2 on the season.
Tonight is the beginning of a three-game road trip for the Islanders, who are 10-11-1 as the visiting club this year.
The Penguins, meanwhile, have had a few days to rest since Saturday's win in Philadelphia. Evgeni Malkin had a pair of goals and an assist as Pittsburgh continued their domination over the dismal Flyers this season with a 5-3 victory at the Wachovia Center.