Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Friday, 03.22.2013 / 12:00 AM
Greg Picker
New York Islanders
13-14-3 (29 points – 4th in Atlantic Division, 10th in Eastern Conference)
5-10-2 home
Pittsburgh Penguins
23-8-0 (46 points - 1st in Atlantic Division, 1st in Eastern Conference)
12-4-0 road
7:00 p.m.
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Uniondale, NY
 
 
Television: MSG+
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (1-2-0)
The Islanders play their final home game of the season against Pittsburgh after suffering defeat 4-2 in the only other matchup at Nassau Coliseum this season. The first time the Isles and Pens met this season, Casey Cizikas scored his first career goal to lead the Islanders to a 4-1 win. Less than two weeks ago, Pittsburgh defeated the Islanders 6-1 in the Steel City.


Mar. 10, 2013: PIT 6, NYI 1 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Penguins player to watch
Pascal Dupuis - Forward

The 33-year-old Dupuis hasn’t slowed down after a career high 59 point year last season. Dupuis is third on the Penguins with 14 goals, and has nine points in his last eight games. The Laval, Quebec native has four points in three games against the Isles this season.

 
Islanders Storylines
•Following a stretch in which they were 5-1-1 in seven games, the Isles have suffered two home defeats in a row.
•Friday’s game will be the third game in four days, all against teams currently in the top-five of the Eastern Conference (OTT, MTL).
•Matt Moulson’s two assists Thursday night extend his assist streak to six games. Moulson leads the Isles with 19 helpers on the season

The Matchup
Islanders
23.4% (25/107)
76.6% (82/107)
88
101
5-3-2
 
 
 
  
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games

 
 
     
Penguins
24.6% (28/114)
81.7% (90/113)
110
88
10-0-0
   
 
 
 
New York Islanders projected lines
Forwards
26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes
12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen – 21 Kyle Okposo
53 Casey Cizikas – 10 Keith Aucoin - 13 Colin McDonald
40 Michael Grabner – 16 Marty Reasoner –17 Matt Martin

Defensemen
3 Travis Hamonic - 47 Andrew MacDonald
14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
2 Mark Streit - 4 Radek Martinek

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin

Pittsburgh Penguins projected lines
Forwards
14 Chris Kunitz – 87 Sidney Crosby - 9 Pascal Dupuis
18 James Neal – 15 Dustin Jeffrey - 19 Beau Bennett
24 Matt Cooke  – 16 Brandon Sutter - 48 Tyler Kennedy
10 Tanner Glass  – 46 Joe Vitale- 27 Craig Adams

Defensemen
7 Paul Martin - 44 Brooks Orpik
2 Matt Niskanen – 4 Mark Eaton
5 Deryk Engelland - 47  Simon Despres

Goaltenders
29 Marc-Andre Fleury
92 Tomas Vokoun

What's Happening At The Coliseum

•Doors Open at 5:45pm
Lower Lobby Opens at 5pm
FourSquare Offer: Check into Nassau Coliseum and unlock 10% off your purchase at the Islanders Team Store (first 50 receive free gift)
Team Store Offer: If you catch a t-shirt shot from the ice, you’ll receive a coupon good for $10 off a $50 or more purchase
50/50 Raffle
Chuck-A-Puck
Jerseys Off The Back Auction

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