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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 / 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 PIT 32 22 6 4 102 72 48
2 NYI 33 23 10 0 104 91 46
3 MTL 34 21 11 2 92 83 44
4 TBL 35 20 11 4 113 93 44
5 DET 33 17 8 8 93 82 42
6 TOR 33 19 11 3 114 98 41
7 WSH 32 16 10 6 95 85 38
8 NYR 30 16 10 4 92 81 36
9 FLA 31 14 9 8 69 79 36
10 BOS 33 16 14 3 82 85 35
11 OTT 33 14 13 6 89 92 34
12 CBJ 32 14 15 3 79 102 31
13 PHI 32 12 14 6 88 96 30
14 NJD 35 12 17 6 77 102 30
15 BUF 33 13 18 2 63 105 28
16 CAR 32 9 19 4 68 91 22

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 33 13 15 -5 28
K. Okposo 33 7 21 -3 28
B. Nelson 33 14 13 6 27
R. Strome 33 6 15 12 21
F. Nielsen 33 6 11 1 17
N. Leddy 33 5 10 8 15
J. Boychuk 23 2 12 7 14
N. Kulemin 33 6 7 -2 13
M. Grabovski 30 5 7 3 12
T. Hickey 32 2 9 2 11
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 18 6 0 .919 2.24
C. Johnson 5 4 0 .868 3.59

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