Game Preview: New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins
|New York Islanders
11-11-3 (25 points – 4th in Atlantic Division, 10th in Eastern Conference)
16-8-0 (32 points - 1st in Atlantic Division, 2nd in Eastern Conference)
CONSOL Energy Center
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring
Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play; Phil Giubileo: Color
|Season series (1-1-0)
The Islanders make their second trip to Pittsburgh this season after winning the first battle in the Steel City 4-1 on Jan. 29. Casey Cizikas scored his first career goal to open the scoring. Evgeni Nabokov made 34 saves and was just 1:09 from a shutout. The Isles then fell to Pittsburgh 4-2 at Nassau Coliseum on Feb. 5.
Jan. 29, 2013: NYI 4, PIT 1 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Feb. 5, 2013: PIT 4, NYI 2 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
|Penguins player to watch
James Neal - Left Wing
Playing in his second full season with the Penguins, Neal has picked up right where he left off from a year ago. Through 25 games this season, Neal has 25 points (16 goals, nine assists). His 16 goals are tied for third in the NHL with John Tavares. His eight goals on the man advantage lead the league.
•The Isles come into Sunday’s game with at least one point in each of their past five games (3-0-2).
•After a seven-game home stand saw the Islanders go 3-3-2, Sunday’s game is the first of three consecutive on the road.
•John Tavares and Matt Moulson are tied for second in the NHL with seven power play goals apiece.
•This is the first of three games against the Penguins in less than three weeks. Pittsburgh is one of two teams (New Jersey) the Isles face five times this season.
Last 10 games
|New York Islanders projected lines
26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes
12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen – 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner – 16 Marty Reasoner – 41 David Ullstrom
17 Matt Martin - 53 Casey Cizikas – 13 Colin McDonald
3 Travis Hamonic - 47 Andrew MacDonald
14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
2 Mark Streit - 4 Radek Martinek
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
|Pittsburgh Penguins projected lines
14 Chris Kunitz – 87 Sidney Crosby - 9 Pascal Dupuis
18 James Neal – 71 Evgeni Malkin - 19 Beau Bennett
24 Matt Cooke – 16 Brandon Sutter - 48 Tyler Kennedy
10 Tanner Glass – 15 Dustin Jeffrey - 27 Craig Adams
7 Paul Martin - 44 Brooks Orpik
2 Matt Niskanen – 58 Kris Letang
5 Deryk Engelland - 47 Simon Despres
29 Marc-Andre Fleury
92 Tomas Vokoun
|Quote of the Day
"I think we found our identity; we found out what kind of team we are. Now we have to play our game, game-in and game-out to be successful. We’re starting to do that, and there are still going to be some bumps in the road, but it’s only going to take our hard work and our pursuit to get over them. That’s what we’ve done so far.”
Forward Casey Cizikas, on finishing the home stand