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

Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 12:00 AM / 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 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYI 63 41 20 2 202 174 84
3 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 61 30 22 9 161 160 69
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 62 25 27 10 139 164 60
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 60 23 30 7 137 159 53
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 63 29 35 4 64
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 63 14 26 21 40
B. Nelson 63 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 63 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 57 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 51 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 53 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 63 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 53 4 20 16 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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