Game Preview: Islanders vs. Penguins
The Islanders square off against the Penguins on the national stage.
Thursday, 01.23.2014 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Cory Wright
|New York Islanders
21-24-7 (49 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
35-13-2 (72 points - 1st in Metropolitan Division, 1st in Eastern Conference)
Play-by-play: Gord Miller; Color: Pierre McGuire
Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM
Play-by-play :Chris King
|2013-14 season series (1-1-1)
The Islanders have gone 1-1-1 in three games against the Penguins this season. The games have all been decided by one goal with the Penguins taking the most recent outing 3-2 in overtime at the Coliseum. Kyle Okposo put the Islanders up 2-0, but Sidney Crosby scored two of the Pens’ three-unanswered goals, including the overtime-winner.
Dec. 3, 2013: PIT 3, NYI 2 (OT) - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
|Penguins player to watch
James Neal - Forward
James Neal may have lost some games due to injury this season, but he certainly hasn’t lost his scoring touch. Limited to 29 games this season, Neal has 37 points (17g/20a), the same total he had in 40 games last season. A former 40-goal scorer, Neal has a lethal shot and at 6’2”, 208, he has a big body and can crash the net. Neal has had 11 multi-point games this season, as well as one goal and two assists in two games against the Islanders.
• Comebacks: The Islanders are coming off back-to-back come-from-behind wins over the Flyers and Rangers. The Islanders trailed 3-1 in both games, but rallied for two wins. Seven of the last eight Islanders wins were comebacks.
• Series Wrap Up: The Islanders and Penguins wrap up their season series tonight.
• Okposo: Kyle Okposo has five points (2g/3a) in three games against the Penguins this season. Okposo is eighth in league scoring with 51 points (20g/31a), one point shy of his career high.
• Streaking: Thomas Vanek is riding a six-game point streak (3g/5a), while Frans Nielsen is riding a five-game point streak (1g/5a).
|New York Islanders previous game lines
26 Thomas Vanek – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
16 Peter Regin – 51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
40 Michael Grabner – 29 Brock Nelson – 15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 13 Colin McDonald
37 Brian Strait – 47 Andrew MacDonald
46 Matt Donovan – 44 Calvin de Haan
14 Thomas Hickey – 4 Radek Martinek
60 Kevin Poulin
45 Anders Nilsson
|Pittsburgh Penguins previous game lines
14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 12 Chuck Kobasew
36 Jussi Jokinen - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 18 James Neal
15 Tanner Glass - 16 Bradon Sutter - 17 Taylor Pyatt
27 Craig Adams - 38 Zach Sill - 59 Jayson Megna
7 Paul Martin - 44 Brooks Orpik
4 Rob Scuderi - 58 Kris Letang
3 Olli Maatta - 2 Matt Niskanen
29 Marc-Andre Fleury
37 Jeff Zatkoff
|What's Happening at the Coliseum:
• Doors at 6pm
• Lower Lobby at 5pm
• 50/50 Benefitting Red Cross
• Mercedes Benz of Massapequa Chuck-A-Puck Sales
• Upcoming Coat Drive