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 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 3 1 3 2 4
K. Okposo 3 2 1 2 3
J. Tavares 3 1 2 3 3
R. Strome 3 2 0 1 2
B. Nelson 3 2 0 1 2
L. Visnovsky 3 0 2 4 2
C. Clutterbuck 3 1 0 1 1
C. de Haan 3 0 1 0 1
N. Leddy 3 0 1 0 1
M. Martin 3 0 1 0 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 2 1 0 .929 2.01

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