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

Tuesday, 01.29.2013 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Travis Betts
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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins 1\/29\/13
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

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 50 37 9 4 163 112 78
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
7 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
8 NYI 50 26 18 6 135 126 58
9 PIT 50 25 18 7 129 128 57
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 50 23 18 9 119 130 55
12 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 47 18 19 -6 37
K. Okposo 48 12 25 -9 37
B. Nelson 50 20 11 0 31
F. Nielsen 50 15 16 -2 31
M. Grabovski 50 9 15 1 24
J. Bailey 49 8 15 4 23
A. Lee 50 7 14 0 21
N. Leddy 50 3 17 -12 20
R. Strome 39 5 13 -8 18
N. Kulemin 50 5 9 6 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 12 11 4 .917 2.28
T. Greiss 13 6 2 .927 2.32
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