Crosby looks to continue his success against the Islanders on Tuesday when the Pittsburgh Penguins meet their Atlantic Division rivals at Mellon Arena.
Pittsburgh (19-17-7) has won three of five meetings this season with the Islanders (21-20-4), but Crosby missed his team’s 3-1 loss at Nassau Coliseum on Nov. 24 with a sore groin.
The 19-year-old All-Star has one goal and 10 assists in four games this season against New York. Crosby has had a hand in 11 of Pittsburgh’s 17 goals versus the Islanders.
Crosby, the NHL leader with 66 points, has faced the Islanders 12 times during his two-year career and the Penguins have gained at least a point in 11 of those games (7-1-4). The 25 points he has against the Isles are his second-most against any team, trailing only Philadelphia (30).
Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury also has experienced success in his career against the Islanders, going 4-1-1 with one tie despite a 3.04 goals-against average.
The Penguins ended a three-game losing streak Saturday with a 5-3 victory at Philadelphia, their sixth win in as many games this season against the Flyers.
“We haven’t been playing our best, obviously,” center Jordan Staal said. “It’s a huge win for us. Every two points matters so much.”
Evgeni Malkin scored twice and fellow rookie Staal netted the go-ahead goal in the third period for Pittsburgh, which has points in three straight (2-0-1) at home.
While Crosby will be the Penguins’ lone representative in the All-Star game, Malkin, Staal and defenseman Ryan Whitney were named to the NHL YoungStars game.
Malkin leads all first-year players with 44 points, while Staal is fourth with 13 goals.
The line of Malkin, Staal and Michel Ouellet has combined for four goals and six assists in the last two games.
“We have a good line,” Malkin said through an interpreter. “We’re trying to pass the puck and play for each other and I guess that’s why we’ve been successful.”
The Islanders continue to struggle, falling 4-3 at home to Tampa Bay on Monday afternoon.
“It was a tough loss,” goaltender Rick DiPietro said. “That was a big two points we let get away.”
The Islanders outshot Tampa Bay 36-24, including 16-5 in the final period.
“We were pretty resilient,” coach Ted Nolan said. “We had close to 40 shots, but couldn’t get the equalizer.”
Yashin’s goal was his first in 13 games and gave the Islanders captain two points in his last 10 contests. New York had won eight straight games when Yashin scores a goal.
This is the first of three straight road games for the Islanders, who play nine of their next 12 away from home.
They had been 6-0 this season in the second game when playing on back-to-back days before losing their last two.