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
|New York Islanders
8-15-4 (20 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
18-9-1 (37 points – 1st in Metropolitan Division, 2nd in Eastern Conference)
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.
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.
• 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.
|New York Islanders previous game lines
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
47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey – 44 Calvin de Haan
55 Aaron Ness – 7 Matt Carkner
45 Anders Nilsson
60 Kevin Poulin
|Pittsburgh Penguins previous game lines
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
5 Deryk Engelland – 44 Brooks Orpik
3 Olli Maatta – 58 Kris Letang
47 Simon Despres – 2 Matt Niskanen
37 Jeff Zatkoff
29 Marc-Andre Fleury
|What's Happening at the Coliseum:
•Lower Lobby Opens at 5pm