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Islanders @ Penguins - game preview

The Islanders wrap up a five-game road trip in Pittsburgh

Monday, 03.26.2012 / 7:18 PM ET / News
By Katrina Doell
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Islanders @ Penguins - game preview
Team Record: 31-33-11
Last Game: 3-2 SOW @ FLA
Season Series: 1-3-0 of 6
Team Record: 47-22-6
Last Game: 5-2 W vs. NJD
Season Series: 4-0-0 of 6
Josh Bailey
With an assist on Kyle Okposo's third period goal in Sunday's 3-2 shootout win over the Florida Panthers, Bailey extended his point streak to four games (1g/3a). The natural center is playing on the wing for the second time this season, and skating with Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo has helped to ignite his current streak.
Evgeni Malkin
What a year it's been for the Russian star. He has a fairly commanding lead of the league's point leaderboard with 97 points. The next closest player, Steven Stamkos, has 87 points. Malkin also is second in the NHL with 46 goals and is fifth in assists with 51. Certainly, he is a force to be reckoned with and stopping him and Sidney Crosby, who is skating on the third line with Pascal Dupuis and Tyler Kennedy, will be key.
Top of the standings: The Penguins have already wrapped up their playoff spot, but they are a mere point behind the Rangers to clinch the Atlantic Division.

Sharp in the shootout: All of Islanders country is aware of the shooutout prowess possessed by Frans Nielsen, aka the Danish Backhand of Judgement. While he's putting pucks in the net, Evgeni Nabokov is keeping them out. After Sunday's shootout win over the Florida Panthers, Nabby is 5-1 in shootouts this season. Not too Shabby, Nabby.

JT always making history:
Tavares is the first Islander since Alexei Yashin (75 in 2001-02) to record 75 points in a season. On Monday, he was eighth in the league in scoring.

Isles leaderboards: Matt Martin leads the league in hits with 349 hits...PA Parenteau is sixth in the leauge with 49 assists...Andrew MacDonald is ninth in the league with 169 blocked shots...The Isles are first in the league with 1,256 blocked shots.
The Pittsburgh Penguins broke open a close game in the second half, defeating the Islanders 6-3 on Dec. 10 at Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders were ahead 3-2 until a momentum-shifting elbowing misconduct turned the tide for the Penguins. David Ullstrom, Milan Jurcina and Kyle Okposo scored for the Islanders, while six Penguins had multi-point games. Pascal Dupuis scored the eventual winner at 15:58 of the second period.


Click the photo for gallery from the last time the Islanders played the Penguins.
Player
Date of
Injury
Games
Missed
Prognosis
DiPietro 1/3 Sports hernia/knee swelling 39  10 weeks
Islanders
Power play: 19.1%
Penalty kill: 81.4%
Home record: 15-16-6
Road record: 16-17-5
Goals For: 180
Goals Against: 224
Penguins
Power play: 18.9%
Penalty kill: 88.5%
Home record: 27-8-2
Road record: 20-14-4
Goals For: 244
Goals Against: 195




Answer from Tuesday's question: What team have the Islanders faced exclusively on weekends this season? The answer is: Florida Panthers. The Islanders played their only game against several Western foes on weekends this season, but all four games against the Panthers have fallen on either Saturday or Sunday.
Evgeni Nabokov starts tonight. Jack Capuano will go with the same lineup as Sunday. Nino Niederreiter and Mark Eaton are scratched. Click here for lines. Follow @NYIslanders for any updates.

Penguins Expected Lineups
Forwards:
Kunitz-Malkin-Neal
Adams-Staal-Cooke
Dupuis-Crosby-Kennedy
Park-Jeffrey-Asham

Defensemen:
Orpik-Michalek
Strait-Martin
Engelland- Despres

Goaltenders:

Fleury; Thiessen



Frans Nielsen on the resilience the team had against Florida and Matt Moulson's power play goal in the second: "It was a big goal for us. We had a lot of zone time and we kept shooting and shooting and couldn’t get it in, so it was a relief when he scored."


SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 11 6 5 -3 11
K. Okposo 11 2 6 -3 8
F. Nielsen 11 3 3 -3 6
B. Nelson 11 1 4 -5 5
T. Hickey 11 1 4 -5 5
A. Quine 10 1 4 -1 5
S. Prince 11 3 1 -1 4
R. Strome 8 1 3 1 4
N. Leddy 11 1 3 1 4
N. Kulemin 11 1 3 -5 4
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Greiss 5 6 2 .923 2.46
J. Berube 0 0 0 1.000 0.00
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