Game Preview: New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins
|New York Islanders
16-15-3 (35 points – 4th in Atlantic Division, 9th in Eastern Conference)
27-8-0 (54 points - 1st in Atlantic Division, 1st in Eastern Conference)
CONSOL Energy Center
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.
•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.
Last 10 games
|New York Islanders projected lines
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
3 Travis Hamonic - 47 Andrew MacDonald
14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
2 Mark Streit - 4 Radek Martinek
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
|Pittsburgh Penguins projected lines
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
3 Douglas Murray - 7 Paul Martin
2 Matt Niskanen - 44 Brooks Orpik
4 Mark Eaton - 47 Simon Despres
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,