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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins

Saturday, 03.30.2013 / 12:00 AM / News
By Travis Betts
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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins
Islanders look to end Pittsburgh\'s 14-game winning streak
New York Islanders
16-15-3 (35 points – 4th in Atlantic Division, 9th in Eastern Conference)
10-4-1 road
Pittsburgh Penguins
27-8-0 (54 points - 1st in Atlantic Division, 1st in Eastern Conference)
14-4-0 home
1:00 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
Season series (1-3-0)
The Islanders won the first meeting between the teams this season, but have lost the last three. In the most recent meeting, the Islanders led twice but lost 4-2 at Nassau Coliseum on a pair of Pittsburgh goals in the third period. Mark Streit and Josh Bailey tallied the Islanders goals, while the Islanders outshot the Penguins 35-25.

Mar. 22, 2013: PIT 4, NYI 2 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Penguins player to watch
Sidney Crosby - Center

Sidney Crosby continues to do what he does best, and he leads the league with 41 assists and 56 points. The 25-year-old has points in six straight games, and has registered nine helpers in four games against the Islanders this season, including a five-assist performance on March 10. His plus-26 rating is second only to teammate Chris Kunitz
's plus-27 in the league rankings this season.
Islanders Storylines
•The Islanders enter Saturday on their first three-game win streak of the season, and one game over .500 at 16-15-3.
•The Islanders have 21 points in their first 15 road games, matching their second-highest total in franchise history.
•The Islanders are 11-3-1 in games in which they score a power play goal.
John Tavares has 238 career points, 56 more than any other player selected in the 2009 NHL Draft.
The Matchup
Islanders
21.3% (26/122)
79.6% (86/108)
100
110
6-4-0

 
 
   
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games

 
     
  
Penguins
23.8% (29/122)
80.3% (98/122)
121
84
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
40 Michael Grabner – 10 Keith Aucoin - 36 Eric Boulton
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 - 10 Brenden Morrow
24 Matt Cooke - 16 Brandon Sutter - 48 Tyler Kennedy
15 Tanner Glass - 46 Joe Vitale - 27 Craig Adams

Defensemen
3 Douglas Murray - 7 Paul Martin
2 Matt Niskanen - 44 Brooks Orpik
4 Mark Eaton - 47 Simon Despres

Goaltenders
29 Marc-Andre Fleury
92 Tomas Vokoun

Quote of the Day

“That third period was a good period for us. I thought we started off pretty slow. We just have to continue to get better. We’re figuring out how we need to play – playing physical, getting pucks in. Not just one or two lines, but all four lines. We just need to really focus on that this weekend.”

Right wing Colin McDonald,
following Thursday's game at Philadelphia

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
6 DET 59 33 15 11 173 154 77
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 58 25 23 10 166 161 60
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 62 29 34 4 63
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 62 13 26 21 39
B. Nelson 62 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 62 11 25 11 36
A. Lee 56 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 50 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 52 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 62 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 52 4 19 16 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 32 13 0 .910 2.49
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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