Game Preview: New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins

Saturday, 03.30.2013 / 12:00 AM
Travis Betts
New York Islanders
16-15-3 (35 points – 4th in Atlantic Division, 9th in Eastern Conference)
10-4-1 road
Pittsburgh Penguins
27-8-0 (54 points - 1st in Atlantic Division, 1st in Eastern Conference)
14-4-0 home
1:00 p.m.
CONSOL Energy Center
Pittsburgh, PA
 
 
Television: MSG+
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (1-3-0)
The Islanders won the first meeting between the teams this season, but have lost the last three. In the most recent meeting, the Islanders led twice but lost 4-2 at Nassau Coliseum on a pair of Pittsburgh goals in the third period. Mark Streit and Josh Bailey tallied the Islanders goals, while the Islanders outshot the Penguins 35-25.

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Penguins player to watch
Sidney Crosby - Center

Sidney Crosby continues to do what he does best, and he leads the league with 41 assists and 56 points. The 25-year-old has points in six straight games, and has registered nine helpers in four games against the Islanders this season, including a five-assist performance on March 10. His plus-26 rating is second only to teammate Chris Kunitz
's plus-27 in the league rankings this season.
Islanders Storylines
•The Islanders enter Saturday on their first three-game win streak of the season, and one game over .500 at 16-15-3.
•The Islanders have 21 points in their first 15 road games, matching their second-highest total in franchise history.
•The Islanders are 11-3-1 in games in which they score a power play goal.
John Tavares has 238 career points, 56 more than any other player selected in the 2009 NHL Draft.
The Matchup
Islanders
21.3% (26/122)
79.6% (86/108)
100
110
6-4-0

 
 
   
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games

 
     
  
Penguins
23.8% (29/122)
80.3% (98/122)
121
84
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
40 Michael Grabner – 10 Keith Aucoin - 36 Eric Boulton
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas - 13 Colin McDonald

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 - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 10 Brenden Morrow
24 Matt Cooke - 16 Brandon Sutter - 48 Tyler Kennedy
15 Tanner Glass - 46 Joe Vitale - 27 Craig Adams

Defensemen
3 Douglas Murray - 7 Paul Martin
2 Matt Niskanen - 44 Brooks Orpik
4 Mark Eaton - 47 Simon Despres

Goaltenders
29 Marc-Andre Fleury
92 Tomas Vokoun

Quote of the Day

“That third period was a good period for us. I thought we started off pretty slow. We just have to continue to get better. We’re figuring out how we need to play – playing physical, getting pucks in. Not just one or two lines, but all four lines. We just need to really focus on that this weekend.”

Right wing Colin McDonald,
following Thursday's game at Philadelphia

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