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Preview: Islanders at Penguins

“It’s going to be a good test. It’ll be a character check coming off a tough loss in Tampa (on Tuesday),” said Mathew Barzal, who scored and set up a goal in the 6-2 setback to the Lightning. The 20-year-old British Columbia native leads all NHL rookies with 26 points, and 12 of them (four goals, eight assists) have come in the last 10 games. The Islanders have emerged victorious in eight of 11 to reside a point ahead of Pittsburgh, which saw its four-game winning streak end with a 4-3 setback to the New York Rangers on Tuesday. Patric Hornqvist scored and set up a goal in the loss to extend his point streak to six games, during which he has four goals and as many assists.<BR><BR><STRONG>TV:</STRONG> 7 p.m. ET, MSG-Plus (New York), Sportsnet, TVAS, AT&TSN-Pittsburgh