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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Friday, 03.22.2013 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Greg Picker
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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
New York Islanders
13-14-3 (29 points – 4th in Atlantic Division, 10th in Eastern Conference)
5-10-2 home
Pittsburgh Penguins
23-8-0 (46 points - 1st in Atlantic Division, 1st in Eastern Conference)
12-4-0 road
7:00 p.m.
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Uniondale, NY
 
 
Television: MSG+
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (1-2-0)
The Islanders play Pittsburgh at home for the final time this season after suffering a 4-2 defeat in the only other matchup at Nassau Coliseum. The first time the Isles and Pens met, Casey Cizikas scored his first career goal to lead the Islanders to a 4-1 win. Less than two weeks ago, Pittsburgh defeated the Islanders 6-1 in the Steel City.


Mar. 10, 2013: PIT 6, NYI 1 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Penguins player to watch
Pascal Dupuis - Forward

The 33-year-old Dupuis hasn’t slowed down after a career high 59 point year last season. Dupuis is third on the Penguins with 14 goals, and has nine points in his last eight games. The Laval, Quebec native has four points in three games against the Isles this season.

 
Islanders Storylines
•Following a stretch in which they were 5-1-1 in seven games, the Isles have suffered two home defeats in a row.
•Friday’s game will be the third game in four days, all against teams currently in the top-five of the Eastern Conference (OTT, MTL).
•Matt Moulson’s two assists Thursday night extend his assist streak to six games. Moulson leads the Isles with 21 helpers on the season

The Matchup
Islanders
22.5% (25/111)
79.8% (79/99)
88
101
5-3-2
 
 
 
  
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games

 
 
     
Penguins
24.4% (28/115)
81.7% (90/113)
110
88
10-0-0
   
 
 
 
New York Islanders projected lines
Forwards
26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes
12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen – 21 Kyle Okposo
53 Casey Cizikas – 10 Keith Aucoin - 13 Colin McDonald
40 Michael Grabner – 16 Marty Reasoner –17 Matt Martin

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 – 15 Dustin Jeffrey - 19 Beau Bennett
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
2 Matt Niskanen – 4 Mark Eaton
5 Deryk Engelland - 47  Simon Despres

Goaltenders
29 Marc-Andre Fleury
92 Tomas Vokoun

What's Happening At The Coliseum

•Doors Open at 5:45pm
Lower Lobby Opens at 5pm
FourSquare Offer: Check into Nassau Coliseum and unlock 10% off your purchase at the Islanders Team Store (first 50 receive free gift)
Team Store Offer: If you catch a t-shirt shot from the ice, you’ll receive a coupon good for $10 off a $50 or more purchase
50/50 Raffle
Chuck-A-Puck
Jerseys Off The Back Auction

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
11 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
12 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
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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