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 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 6 2 4 3 6
J. Bailey 6 2 3 2 5
N. Leddy 6 0 5 1 5
R. Strome 6 2 1 1 3
K. Okposo 6 2 1 1 3
C. Clutterbuck 6 2 1 2 3
B. Nelson 5 2 0 1 2
N. Kulemin 6 1 1 0 2
L. Visnovsky 4 0 2 5 2
J. Boychuk 6 0 2 1 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 3 3 1 .926 2.34
M. Neuvirth 0 0 0 1.000 0.00

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