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 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Bailey 5 2 3 2 5
J. Tavares 5 1 3 0 4
K. Okposo 5 2 1 1 3
N. Leddy 5 0 3 -2 3
R. Strome 5 2 0 0 2
B. Nelson 4 2 0 0 2
C. Clutterbuck 5 1 1 1 2
L. Visnovsky 4 0 2 5 2
C. Cizikas 5 1 0 1 1
C. de Haan 5 0 1 -2 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 2 3 1 .913 2.61
M. Neuvirth 0 0 0 1.000 0.00

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