New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins: 5 Bold Predictions

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Jan 16, 2015; Uniondale, NY, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) controls the puck in front of New York Islanders center Brock Nelson (29) and New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) during the second period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins will be squaring off for the final time this season with a lot on the line.

Both teams have just two games remaining on the schedule, and neither have been playing well despite both being on top of the Eastern Conference for a majority of the season. In their last 10 games, both teams have identical 3-5-2 records, as they have both been slumping heading into the stretch run.

The Islanders have a two-point lead in the standings on the Penguins, and in order for the Islanders to make the playoffs, they’ll just need one more point in their next two games or a Ottawa Senators loss. The Islanders nearly made the playoffs despite losing on Tuesday night, as they just needed a Senators loss to get in. The Penguins would blow a three-goal lead to the Senators however, and it kept them alive in the playoffs.

With a lot on the line, it should be a fun game on Friday night, and here are five bold predictions for the Islanders’ second to last game of the season.

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