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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins 1/29/13

Tuesday, 01.29.2013 / 12:00 AM / News
By Travis Betts
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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins 1\/29\/13
Islanders look to rebound from Friday\'s loss at Boston
New York Islanders
2-2-1 (5 points - 3rd in Atlantic Division, 8th in Eastern Conference)
1-1-1 road
Pittsburgh Penguins
3-2-0 (6 points - 2nd in Atlantic Division, 7th in Eastern Conference)
0-1-0 home
7:30 p.m.
CONSOL Energy Center
Pittsburgh, PA

Television: NBC Sports Network

Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (2011-12)
The Islanders finished last year 2-3-1 against the Penguins with the two victories coming in a home-and-home series late in the season. Kyle Okposo tallied four points during the two games (three goals, one assist). Josh Bailey had a career-high five-point effort (two goals, three assists) against the Penguins in the final matchup last season.

Mar. 29, 2012: NYI 5, PIT 3 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Penguins player to watch
Sidney Crosby - Center
Despite only playing in 22 games last season, Crosby still scored 37 points (eight goals, 29 assists). Had he played at that pace for a full 82 games, Crosby would have tallied close to 140 points. The Islanders went 2-1-0 in the three games they played with Crosby in the lineup. The 25-year-old is off to another strong start with five points in five games (three goals, two assists).
 
Islanders Storylines
•Sunday's game marks the fourth contest of a five-game road trip. The Islanders are 1-1-1 so far on the trip, and conclude in New Jersey before returning to the Coliseum.
•LW Matt Moulson has appeared in 251 consecutive games since joining the Islanders in 2009.
•C John Tavares has three multi-assist games, and leads the team with seven points (1g/6a) in five contests.
•The Islanders are tied for second in the NHL with one power play goal allowed, but have an even goal differential on the penalty kill through five games. LW Michael Grabner scored shorthanded on 1/24 at Toronto.
The Matchup
Islanders
22.2% (4/18)
94.1% (16/17)
18
18
2-2-1
 

 
 

 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games

 
 


Penguins
26.3% (5/19)
85.7% (18/21)
15
14
3-2-0
 
 



New York Islanders projected lines
Forwards
26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner - 51 Frans Nielsen - 24 Brad Boyes
41 David Ullstrom - 10 Keith Aucoin - 13 Colin McDonald
17 Matt Martin - 16 Marty Reasoner - 53 Casey Cizikas


Defensemen
2 Mark Streit - 37 Brian Strait
47 Andrew MacDonald - 52 Joe Finley
14 Thomas Hickey - 7 Matt Carkner

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
39 Rick DiPietro
Pittsburgh Penguins projected lines
Forwards
9 Pascal Dupuis - 87 Sidney Crosby - 14 Chris Kunitz
10 Tanner Glass - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 18 James Neal
48 Tyler Kennedy - 16 Brandon Sutter - 24 Matt Cooke
25 Eric Tangradi - 46 Joe Vitale - 27 Craig Adams

Defensemen
7 Paul Martin - 44 Brooks Orpik
5 Deryk Engelland - 6 Ben Lovejoy
2 Matt Niskanen - 58 Kris Letang

Goaltenders
29 Marc-Andre Fleury
92 Tomas Vokoun
Quote of the Day
“A lot of stuff has to do with timing, and sometimes the timing is just not right. They did a good job with getting defensemen and guys that are definitely capable. There was just no room. I’m thankful for the time I spent there, but it’s in the past. I’m not looking back at that.”


-Defenseman Thomas Hickey, who made his NHL debut Sunday, on his time with the Kings organization

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 64 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 64 14 27 22 41
B. Nelson 64 17 19 7 36
F. Nielsen 64 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 58 20 13 13 33
J. Bailey 52 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 54 7 23 16 30
N. Leddy 64 8 18 15 26
T. Hamonic 54 4 21 15 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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