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
The Islanders square off against the Penguins on the national stage. (7:30 p.m., NBCSN, WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News 103.9 FM)

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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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
M. Neuvirth 1 3 1 .881 2.94

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