Game Preview: Islanders vs. Penguins

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

Tuesday, 12.3.2013 / 12:00 AM ET / 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 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
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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