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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins

Friday, 10.25.2013 / 12:00 AM / News
By Travis Betts
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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins
Islanders face Pittsburgh in a Conference Quarterfinals rematch (7:00 p.m., MSG PLUS, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM)
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 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 49 18 22 9 110 137 45
15 CAR 48 17 25 6 104 125 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 48 23 25 -1 48
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 48 9 25 16 34
B. Nelson 48 15 15 5 30
F. Nielsen 48 9 17 4 26
J. Boychuk 38 4 21 16 25
J. Bailey 36 8 14 7 22
N. Leddy 48 7 14 14 21
N. Kulemin 48 11 9 0 20
A. Lee 42 13 5 6 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 10 0 .912 2.42
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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