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GAME PREVIEW
Islanders (10-7-3) vs. Pittsburgh (10-7-3)

(2:00 p.m. ET, TV: FSN NY | Radio: Bloomberg 1130) On the day after Thanksgiving, the Islanders take on the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Nassau Coliseum, in a matchup of division rivals with identical records.

The Islanders returned home on Wednesday, following a five-game road trip, and in their most dominating performance of the year, took care of business against the defending Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes did not register a shot on goal until the final two minutes of the first period, ultimately being out-shot 20-1 in the first period and 48-15 in the game. The one shot against in the period tied an Islanders franchise record, achieved on eight other occasions.

Shawn Bates staked the Islanders to a 1-0 lead, early in the first period off a 2-on-1 feed from Richard Park. The Islanders struck again in the third on goals by Jason Blake, Alexei Yashin and Miroslav Satan. The Islanders eventually won 4-2, raising their record to 10-7-3.

Blake and Yashin have now earned eight and nine points, respectively, in their past six games. Rick DiPietro has played well in his last nine starts, going 6-2-1 with a 2.18 goals average and a .919 save percentage in that span.

The Penguins sport the same record of 10-7-3, but may be without their star forward, Sidney Crosby, who sat out Wednesday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins, with a groin pull. Crosby's 30 points places him tied for fourth in league scoring.

After scoring in his first six NHL games, Evgeni Malkin is showing why he was considered the best player not in the NHL last season. Malkin is currently second on the Penguins in scoring with 20 points and his ten goals are tied for the team lead with Crosby.

Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is playing the best hockey of his young NHL career, compiling a record of 10-5-2 so far this season.

Chris King and Steve Mears have the call on Bloomberg Radio 1130, while Howie Rose and Billy Jaffe can be seen tonight on FSN NY.

BELOW ARE CHANNEL LISTINGS FOR FSN NY ON LONG ISLAND

CABLEVISION
FSN NY: 72

DirecTV:
FSN NY: 624

DISH NETWORK:
FSN NY: 413


GAME NOTES
STANDINGS:
Islanders
- 23 points, 3rd place (tied), Atlantic Division
Pittsburgh - 23 points, 3rd place (tied), Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS:
Islanders
Jason Blake, 12 goals; Alexei Yashin, 16 assists and 25 points; Brendan Witt, 41 PIM.
Pittsburgh Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, 10 goals; Crosby, 20 assists, 30 points; Chris Thorburn, 37 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Islanders
- Power play: 16.5 percent. Penalty killing: 79.3 percent.
Pittsburgh - Power play: 17.2 percent. Penalty killing: 81.4 percent.

GOALTENDERS:
Islanders
Rick DiPietro (7-6-1, 2.75 GAA, .908 SV%); Mike Dunham (3-1-2, 2.45, .932).
Pittsburgh Marc-Andre Fleury (10-5-2, 2.82, .912); Jocelyn Thibault (0-2-1, 3.73, .890).

LAST MEETING:
October 19, 2006 at the Nassau Coliseum: 4-3, Overtime loss

ROAD/HOME RECORDS:
Islanders
5-3-2 at home
Pittsburgh 5-3-1 on the road

ISLANDERS TO HONOR BOB BOURNE
The Islanders are hosting their first-ever hall of Fame Night on this week on Nov. 25. Bob Bourne, an integral member of all four Stanley Cup championship teams from 1980 83, will be the first inductee. Bourne ranks of the franchise top ten lists of six categories: games, goals, assists, points, game-winning goals and shorthanded goals. Bourne is also sixth in postseason scoring, with 38-54-92 in 129 Stanley Cup Playoff games.


ISLANDERS
Goaltenders
1   Mike Dunham
39 Rick DiPietro

Defensemen
3   Tom Poti 
6   Sean Hill
8   Bruno Gervais
24 Radek Martinek
32 Brendan Witt
77 Alexei Zhitnik

Forwards
7   Trent Hunter
10 Richard Park 
11 Andy Hilbert
12 Chris Simon
16 Mike York
17 Shawn Bates
18 Mike Sillinger
25 Viktor Kozlov
45 Arron Asham
55 Jason Blake
79 Alexei Yashin
81 Miroslav Satan


PITTSBURGH
Goaltenders

29 Marc-Andre Fleury
41 Jocelyn Thibault

Defensemen
2   Josef Melichar
4   Noah Welch
5   Rob Scuderi
19 Ryan Whitney
44 Brooks Orpik
55 Sergei Gonchar

Forwards
7   Michel Ouellet
8   Mark Recchi
10 John LeClair
11 Jordan Staal
16 Erik Christensen
18 Dominic Moore
20 Colby Armstrong
22 Chris Thorburn
25 Maxime Talbot
26 Ronald Petrovicky
28 Nils Ekman
36 Andre Roy
37 Jarkko Ruutu
71 Evgeni Malkin
87 Sidney Crosby

 

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 76 34 40 -3 74
R. Strome 75 15 32 19 47
K. Okposo 54 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 75 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 76 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 70 23 16 12 39
J. Bailey 64 15 23 4 38
J. Boychuk 66 8 25 9 33
T. Hamonic 66 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 72 10 19 15 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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