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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins

Saturday, 03.30.2013 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Travis Betts
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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins
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 WSH 50 37 9 4 163 112 78
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
7 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
8 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
9 NYI 50 26 18 6 135 126 58
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 50 23 18 9 119 130 55
12 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 47 18 19 -6 37
K. Okposo 48 12 25 -9 37
B. Nelson 50 20 11 0 31
F. Nielsen 50 15 16 -2 31
M. Grabovski 50 9 15 1 24
J. Bailey 49 8 15 4 23
A. Lee 50 7 14 0 21
N. Leddy 50 3 17 -12 20
R. Strome 39 5 13 -8 18
N. Kulemin 50 5 9 6 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 12 11 4 .917 2.28
T. Greiss 13 6 2 .927 2.32
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