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

Tuesday, 01.29.2013 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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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 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
M. Neuvirth 1 3 1 .881 2.94

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