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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
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 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 50 20 23 -2 43
K. Okposo 51 15 28 -9 43
F. Nielsen 53 15 19 -1 34
B. Nelson 53 20 11 -1 31
M. Grabovski 53 9 16 3 25
A. Lee 53 9 15 0 24
J. Bailey 52 9 15 4 24
N. Leddy 53 3 21 -7 24
R. Strome 42 6 15 -4 21
C. Cizikas 53 5 12 5 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 13 11 4 .918 2.27
T. Greiss 15 6 2 .929 2.24
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