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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 6 2 4 3 6
J. Bailey 6 2 3 2 5
N. Leddy 6 0 5 1 5
R. Strome 6 2 1 1 3
K. Okposo 6 2 1 1 3
C. Clutterbuck 6 2 1 2 3
B. Nelson 5 2 0 1 2
N. Kulemin 6 1 1 0 2
L. Visnovsky 4 0 2 5 2
J. Boychuk 6 0 2 1 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 3 3 1 .926 2.34
M. Neuvirth 0 0 0 1.000 0.00

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