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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Penguins

The Islanders host the Penguins for the first time since the playoffs.

Tuesday, 12.03.2013 / 12:00 AM / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Penguins
The Islanders host the Penguins for the first time since the playoffs. (7:00 p.m., MSG PLUS , WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM)

New York Islanders
8-15-4 (20 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
5-6-4 home
Pittsburgh Penguins
18-9-1 (37 points 1st in Metropolitan Division, 2nd in Eastern Conference)
7-6-1 road
7:00 p.m.
Nassau Coliseum
Uniondale, NY
 
 
Television: MSG PLUS
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM
Play-by-play: Chris King
2013-14 season series (1-1-0)

The drama from the Islanders-Penguins playoff series has carried over to the regular season, as the season series is tied 1-1 with both teams scoring the winning goals in the final two minutes of play. Josh Bailey scored the game-winner with 1:40 to go on Oct. 25, while Crosby scored with 1:16 left to play in the most recent meeting on Nov. 22. Win or lose, the Penguins bring out the best in the Islanders.
 
LAST GAME: 
Nov. 22, 2013: PIT 4, NYI 3 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Penguins player to watch
Chris Kunitz - Left Wing

Chris Kunitz has thrived on Sidney Crosby’s wing, becoming a point-per-game player over the past two seasons. Kunitz scored 52 points (22g/30a) in 48 games last year and has 27 points (14g/13a) in 28 games during the current campaign. The Regina, SK, native is 12th in league scoring and has six points (3g/3a) in his past four games. Kunitz scored twice and added an assist Nov. 22 against the Islanders.

Islanders Storylines
Third Meeting: This is the third meeting between the Pens and Isles, after splitting the first two games in Pittsburgh. Both contests were decided in the final two minutes of play.
De Haan: Calvin de Haan made his season debut for the Islanders Saturday. De Haan played 20:07, blocked two shots, had four hits and skated to an even rating.
• Homestand: The Islanders wrap up a four-game homestand tonight before heading out for five straight on the road.
The Matchup
Islanders
16.3% (21st)
72.2% (30th)
72
93
2-7-1


   
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Penguins
25.3 (1st)
85.2% (7th)
86
64
7-2-1
       
 
  

New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
26 Thomas Vanek – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner  – 51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
96 Pierre-Marc Bouchard – 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 – 44 Calvin de Haan
55 Aaron Ness – 7 Matt Carkner

Goaltenders
45 Anders Nilsson
60 Kevin Poulin
Pittsburgh Penguins previous game lines
Forwards
14 Chris Kunitz – 87 Sidney Crosby – 9 Pascal Dupuis
36 Jussi Jokinen – 71 Evgeni Malkin – 18 James Neal
25 Andrew Ebbett – 16 Brandon Sutter – 23 Chris Connor
59 Jayson Megna 46 Joe Vitale – 27 Craig Adams

Defensemen
5 Deryk Engelland – 44 Brooks Orpik
3 Olli Maatta – 58 Kris Letang
47 Simon Despres – 2 Matt Niskanen

Goaltenders
37 Jeff Zatkoff
29 Marc-Andre Fleury

What's Happening at the Coliseum:

Lower Lobby Opens at 5pm
50/50 Raffle benefitting the Islanders Children’s Foundation
Mercedes Benz of Massapequa Chuck-a-Puck
Islanders Stadium Series™ Jersey Presale

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 30 20 6 4 98 71 44
2 TBL 33 20 10 3 110 87 43
3 NYI 31 21 10 0 99 89 42
4 MTL 32 20 10 2 87 80 42
5 DET 32 17 7 8 92 80 42
6 TOR 31 19 9 3 109 87 41
7 BOS 32 16 13 3 81 83 35
8 NYR 29 15 10 4 89 79 34
9 FLA 29 13 8 8 66 75 34
10 WSH 30 14 10 6 86 81 34
11 OTT 31 13 12 6 82 86 32
12 CBJ 30 13 15 2 72 95 28
13 BUF 32 13 17 2 62 100 28
14 NJD 33 11 16 6 74 96 28
15 PHI 30 11 14 5 80 90 27
16 CAR 30 8 19 3 62 87 19

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 31 12 15 -5 27
K. Okposo 31 7 20 -3 27
B. Nelson 31 13 11 4 24
R. Strome 31 6 15 10 21
F. Nielsen 31 6 11 0 17
N. Leddy 31 5 10 7 15
J. Boychuk 21 2 12 7 14
M. Grabovski 28 5 7 4 12
N. Kulemin 31 5 7 -3 12
T. Hickey 30 2 9 1 11
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 16 6 0 .917 2.35
C. Johnson 5 4 0 .868 3.59

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