March 27, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (left) and Pittsburgh Penguins center Jordan Staal (11) face-off against each other during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The New York Islanders won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
The Pens lost at home to the Islanders on Tuesday. On Thursday night, they'll get another shot at them.
The Pens have six games remaining to the Rangers' five, and the two teams do have one head-to-head contest left, on April 5. But the events of the last few days make it more likely that the Pens will take the fourth NHL Playoff seed in the Eastern Conference.