Game Preview: New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins

Friday, 10.25.2013 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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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 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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