Game Preview: New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins

Sunday, 03.10.2013 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Greg Picker
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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins
Isles hit the road for first time in eight games to take on division-rival Pittsburgh
New York Islanders
11-11-3 (25 points – 4th in Atlantic Division, 10th in Eastern Conference)
6-3-1 road
Pittsburgh Penguins
16-8-0 (32 points - 1st in Atlantic Division, 2nd in Eastern Conference)
6-4-0 home
7:00 p.m.
CONSOL Energy Center
Pittsburgh, PA

Television: MSG+
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.
 
Islanders Storylines
•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.
The Matchup
Islanders
23.7% (23/97)
81.6% (71/87)
74
82
5-3-2
 
 
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games
 
 
  
Penguins
25.8% (24/93)
79.6% (74/93)
86
71
7-3-0
 
 
  
New York Islanders projected lines
Forwards
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

Defensemen
3 Travis Hamonic - 47 Andrew MacDonald
14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
2 Mark Streit - 4 Radek Martinek

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin

Pittsburgh Penguins projected lines
Forwards
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

Defensemen
7 Paul Martin - 44 Brooks Orpik
2 Matt Niskanen – 58 Kris Letang
5 Deryk Engelland - 47  Simon Despres

Goaltenders
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
with points in five straight games (3-0-2)

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 75 34 40 -1 74
R. Strome 74 15 31 19 46
K. Okposo 53 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 74 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 75 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 69 23 16 14 39
J. Bailey 63 15 23 6 38
J. Boychuk 65 8 25 10 33
T. Hamonic 65 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 71 10 19 16 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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