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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 / 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

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 64 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 64 14 27 22 41
B. Nelson 64 17 19 7 36
F. Nielsen 64 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 58 20 13 13 33
J. Bailey 52 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 54 7 23 16 30
N. Leddy 64 8 18 15 26
T. Hamonic 54 4 21 15 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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