Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins 2/5/13

Tuesday, 02.5.2013 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Travis Betts
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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins 2\/5\/13
Islanders take on Pittsburgh for the second time this season
New York Islanders
4-3-1 (9 points – 3rd in Atlantic Division, 7th in Eastern Conference)
1-2-0 home
Pittsburgh Penguins
6-3-0 (12 points – 1st in Atlantic Division, 3rd in Eastern Conference)
5-1-0 road
7:00 p.m.
Nassau Coliseum
Uniondale, NY

Television: MSG+

Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (1-0-0)
The Islanders won the only matchup vs. Pittsburgh thus far 4-1 at CONSOL Energy Center on Jan. 29. Casey Cizikas scored his first NHL goal, while Matt Moulson (one goal, one assist) and Frans Nielsen (two assists) each registered multi-point games. The Islanders power play went 2-for-2, converting on its only two shots, while the penalty kill defended all three Pittsburgh man advantages. Evgeni Nabokov made 37 saves, holding the Penguins off the board for the first 58:51 of the contest.


Jan. 29, 2013: NYI 4, PIT 1 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Penguins player to watch
Chris Kunitz - Left Wing
Chris Kunitz started the 2012-13 campaign slow, with one goal and three assists in the first seven games. But playing on Sidney Crosby’s left wing, the 33-year-old has posted seven points (five goals, two assists) in his last two contests, including a four-goal outing at Washington Sunday in the Penguins’ most recent game. More impressive was the fact he accomplished the feat by taking only four shots on goal.

 
 
 
Islanders Storylines
•The Islanders rank second in the Eastern Conference (third overall) at 29.0% (9/31) on the power play, and rank second in the East (third overall) on the penalty kill at 92.9% (26/28)
•Tonight's game is the third of nine consecutive contests for the Islanders in the NY/NJ metro area. The Islanders are 1-1-0 so far, with both games coming against New Jersey
•C John Tavares ranks fourth among NHL forwards with 21.42 of ice time per game
C Keith Aucoin leads the league in faceoff percentage among players who have taken at least 35 draws at 64.0% (57-for-89)
The Matchup
Islanders
29.0 (9/31)
92.9% (26/28)
27
26
4-3-1
 

 
 

 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games

 
 


Penguins
23.5% (8/34)
81.8% (27/33)
22
12
6-3-0
 
 



New York Islanders projected lines
Forwards
26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes
40 Michael Grabner - 51 Frans Nielsen - 21 Kyle Okposo
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 – 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey - 7 Matt Carkner

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
39 Rick DiPietro
Pittsburgh Penguins projected lines
Forwards
14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby – 9 Pascal Dupuis
18 James Neal – 71 Evgeni Malkin – 17 Zach Boychuk
24 Matt Cooke – 16 Brandon Sutter – 48 Tyler Kennedy
10 Tanner Glass – 46 Joe Vitale – 27 Craig Adams

Defensemen
7 Paul Martin – 44 Brooks Orpik
47 Simon Despres – 58 Kris Letang
5 Deryk Engelland – Robert Bortuzzo

Goaltenders
29 Marc-Andre Fleury
92 Tomas Vokoun
What's happening at the Coliseum - Feb. 5
Doors Open at 5:45pm
Lower Lobby New Concession Stands – open at 5pm
New Team Store location at Gate 1
Team Store Deal: Spend $100 and receive a NY Islanders fleece OR spend $150 and receive 2 tickets to a select future game
50/50 Raffle
Chuck-a-puck
Sandy Hook Auction
 
 
 

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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