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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
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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Penguins

New York Islanders
21-24-7 (49 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
8-9-7 home
Pittsburgh Penguins
35-13-2 (72 points - 1st in Metropolitan Division, 1st in Eastern Conference)
14-9-2 road
7:30  p.m.
Nassau Coliseum
Uniondale, NY
 
Television: NBCSN
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.

LAST GAME: 
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.
Islanders Storylines
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).
The Matchup
Islanders
18.9% (16th)
76.0% (30th)
147
169
7-3-0


   
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Penguins
24.2 (1st)
87.9% (1st)
162
121
7-2-1
       
 
  

New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
26 Thomas Vanek – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
16 Peter Regin – 51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
40 Michael Grabner 29 Brock Nelson15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 13 Colin McDonald

Defensemen

37 Brian Strait 47 Andrew MacDonald 
46 Matt Donovan – 44 Calvin de Haan
14 Thomas Hickey – 4 Radek Martinek
 
Goaltenders
60 Kevin Poulin
45 Anders Nilsson
Pittsburgh Penguins previous game lines
Forwards
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

Defensemen
7 Paul Martin - 44 Brooks Orpik
4 Rob Scuderi - 58 Kris Letang
3 Olli Maatta - 2 Matt Niskanen

Goaltenders
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

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 NJD 57 29 21 7 125 124 65
7 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
8 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
9 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
14 BUF 57 23 28 6 135 156 52
15 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 51 21 24 -3 45
K. Okposo 52 15 29 -10 44
F. Nielsen 54 15 20 -2 35
B. Nelson 54 20 11 -2 31
M. Grabovski 54 9 16 2 25
N. Leddy 54 4 21 -11 25
A. Lee 54 9 15 0 24
J. Bailey 53 9 15 3 24
R. Strome 43 6 15 -5 21
C. Cizikas 54 5 13 4 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 13 12 4 .914 2.42
T. Greiss 15 6 2 .930 2.21
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