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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins

Friday, 10.25.2013 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Travis Betts
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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins
New York Islanders
3-3-3 (9 points – 3rd in Metropolitan Division, 9th in Eastern Conference)
1-2-0 road
Pittsburgh Penguins
7-2-0 (14 points - 1st in Metropolitan Division, 2nd in Eastern Conference)
5-1-0 home
7:00 p.m.
CONSOL Energy Center
Pittsburgh, PA
 
 
Television: MSG PLUS
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
2012-13 season series (1-4-0)
If you include the regular season and postseason, the Islanders and Penguins met 11 times in 2012-13. The last regular season matchup was a 2-0 shutout for Pittsburgh in late March. The Islanders wouldn't lose again in regulation for another 25 days, going 8-0-3 in the 11 games that followed. These teams will meet four times before the 2013-14 regular season is over.
 
Mar. 30, 2013: PIT 2, NYI 0 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Penguins player to watch
Sidney Crosby - Center

The Penguins headlining center was held without a point for the first time all season on Oct. 21 vs. Colorado. Before that, Crosby rattled off four straight multiple-point games (five goals, seven assists), as part of an eight-game point streak. The 26-year-old notched his eighth career regular season hat trick on Oct. 12 at Tampa Bay.

Islanders Storylines
• John Tavares has points in eight straight games (four goals, seven assists).
• Matt Moulson has five points (three goals, two assists) in his last two games, and is riding a four-game point streak (four goals, three assists).
• Kyle Okposo has three consecutive multi-point games (two goals, four assists).
• The Islanders have power play goals in four consecutive games (6-for-17, 35.3-percent).
The Matchup
Islanders
28.1% (3rd)
84.0 (9th)
29
28
3-3-3

   
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
 
Penguins
21.9 (10th)
80.8 (18th)
31
20
7-2-0
       
 
New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
26 Matt Moulson – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
96 Pierre-Marc Bouchard – 51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
29 Brock Nelson – 16 Peter Regin – 15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 13 Colin McDonald

Defensemen
47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey - 7 Matt Carkner
37 Brian Strait - 46 Matt Donovan

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
Pittsburgh Penguins previous game lines
Forwards
14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 9 Pascal Dupuis
36 Jussi Jokinen - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 12 Chuck Kobasew
15 Tanner Glass - 16 Brandon Sutter - 23 Chris Conner
39 Harry Zolnierczyk - 46 Joe Vitale - 27 Craig Adams
 
Defensemen
7 Deryk Engelland - 44 Brooks Orpik
2 Matt Niskanen - 3 Olli Maatta
4 Rob Scuderi - 41 Robert Bortuzzo

Goaltenders
29 Marc-Andre Fleury
37 Jeff Zatkoff
Quote of the Day:

"It's easy to get up against these guys after what happened last year. More importantly, we're just trying to get back to our game and get back to winning. We know what it takes, and for whatever reason we've struggled doing that for a full 60. It'll be a good test for us."
 
 

-Right wing Colin McDonald,
on facing Pittsburgh

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
14 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
15 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 51 21 24 -3 45
K. Okposo 52 15 29 -10 44
F. Nielsen 54 15 20 -2 35
B. Nelson 54 20 11 -2 31
M. Grabovski 54 9 16 2 25
N. Leddy 54 4 21 -11 25
A. Lee 54 9 15 0 24
J. Bailey 53 9 15 3 24
R. Strome 43 6 15 -5 21
C. Cizikas 54 5 13 4 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 13 12 4 .914 2.42
T. Greiss 15 6 2 .930 2.21
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