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Islanders vs. Penguins

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Jesse D. Eisenberg

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Islanders vs. Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Islanders
Team Record: 32-33-11
Last Game: 5-3 W @ PIT
Season Series: 1-3-1 of 6
Team Record: 47-23-6
Last Game: 5-3 L vs. NYI
Season Series: 4-1-0 of 6
Kyle Okposo
The Islanders assistant captain is riding a three-game goal-scoring streak, which has brought him to within a goal of matching his career high of 19. Okposo has played on a line with Frans Nielsen and Josh Bailey for the last two games, during which the unit has accounted for four of the team’s eight goals.

Part of what makes the Islanders’ new second line so dynamic is the pairing of natural centermen Nielsen and Bailey. Playing with the two pass-first playmakers has encouraged Okposo to embrace a physical, shoot-first mentality.
Pascal Dupuis
With points in 11-straight games (eight goals, six assists), Dupuis owns the longest active point streak in the NHL. He is one game shy of tying John Tavares and Eric Staal for the longest NHL scoring streak this season.

A 10-year NHL veteran, Dupuis has scored a career-high 23 goals and 51 points this season. Frequently skating on Sidney Crosby’s wing, Dupuis ranks fourth on the Penguins in scoring and is tied for third in goals.
Streaking: Josh Bailey is on a five-game point streak, that has seen him score one goal and six assists with a plus-6 rating. Bailey posted his first-career three-assist game Tuesday in Pittsburgh.

Five Straight on the PP: The Islanders have scored a power play goal in five-straight games. They are 5-for-16 on the PP over the last five games and 8-for-27 in the last eight. The Isles have been shorthanded only 13 times in the last six games and are 12-13 on the penalty kill.

Byng-Worthy?: Matt Moulson has 34 goals and only six penalty minutes this season. The last player to have at least 34 goals with fewer than 10 penalty minutes is Paul Kariya, who scored 44 goals  while drawing only three minor penalties in 1996-97 for Anaheim
Frans Nielsen and Josh Bailey each had three points as the Islanders beat the Penguins 5-3 at Consol Energy Center. The Islanders were up 5-2 after 40 minutes on goals by Nielsen (2) Michael Grabner, Kyle Okposo and David Ullstrom en route to their first in Pittsburgh since Dec. 21, 2007. The Islanders were outshot 54-25, but received strong goaltending from Evgeni Nabokov (30 saves) and Al Montoya, who made 21 saves in a third period relief effort.


Click the photo for gallery from the last time the Islanders played the Penguins.
Player
Date of
Injury
Games
Missed
Prognosis
DiPietro 1/3 Sports hernia/knee swelling 40  10 weeks
Islanders
Power play: 19.2%
Penalty kill: 81.2%
Home record: 15-16-6
Road record: 17-17-5
Goals For: 185
Goals Against: 227
Penguins
Power play: 19.0%
Penalty kill: 88.3%
Home record: 27-9-2
Road record: 20-14-4
Goals For: 256
Goals Against: 200




Answer from Tuesday's question: Jay Pandolfo is the Islanders Bill Masterton nominee for the 2011-12 season. Who was the last Islander to win the award for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey? The answer is: Mark Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick won the Masterton in 1992, becoming the second Islanders player, after Ed Westfall won it in 1977, to receive the award.
Al Montoya will be in goal tonight. Nino Niederreiter will be in the lineup for David Ullstrom who was returned to Bridgeport this morning. Click here for lines. Follow @NYIslanders for any updates.

Penguins Expected Lineups
Forwards:
Kunitz-Malkin-Neal
Cooke-Staal-Kennedy
Sullivan-Crosby-Dupuis
Park-Adams-Asham


Defensemen:
Orpik-Michalek
Engelland-Strait
Despres-Martin

Goaltenders:

Fleury; Thiessen



Head Coach Jack Capuano on the team’s 4-1-0 road trip: "I think first of all, when you look at our special teams over this stretch, they’ve been good and we’ve had success. I think number two, guys are working hard. They’re sticking to the game plan, they’ve been positionally sound."


2011-2012 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 29 '12 PIT 3 at NYI 5 K. Okposo
Mar 27 '12 NYI 5 at PIT 3 D. Ullstrom
Dec 10 '11 PIT 6 at NYI 3 P. Dupuis
Nov 21 '11 NYI 0 at PIT 5 S. Crosby
Oct 27 '11 NYI 2 at PIT 3 - SO E. Malkin
Oct 25 '11 PIT 3 at NYI 0 P. Dupuis
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
E. Malkin704753100+1566119
J. Neal77374178+880164
C. Kunitz77233154+144353
P. Dupuis77242852+163408
J. Staal57242145+93450
S. Sullivan76142943-31850
M. Cooke77191938+63814
K. Letang4792736+162843
T. Kennedy55102131+92901
P. Martin6812526+71800
S. Crosby1742125+131201
M. Niskanen7241721+114330
C. Adams7751217-63200
D. Engelland6841317+135101
B. Orpik6821517+154200
A. Asham5941014-56400
R. Park526713-31203
J. Vitale634913-34901
Z. Michalek572911-42400
C. O'Reilly33257-11410
D. Jeffrey26426-4200
B. Lovejoy34145+31300
S. Despres18134+51010
A. Picard17044+4400
J. Williams8112+1400
E. Tangradi23011-41600
M. Letestu11011-6200
B. Strait6011+0200
C. Sneep1011+1000
S. MacIntyre11000+0400
R. Bortuzzo6000+1200
C. McDonald5000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
M. Fleury6441-16-414516912.32.914
B. Johnson133-7-2352963.17.882
B. Thiessen53-1-0161133.72.858
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
J. Tavares77314475-42478
P. Parenteau76164965-68962
M. Moulson77343064+26145
M. Streit7763844-254231
F. Nielsen77172643-2651
K. Okposo74202141-143432
J. Bailey75131831-82011
M. Grabner73171128-161212
T. Hamonic6822022+77310
A. MacDonald7051419-22210
M. Martin757714-1711101
B. Rolston49459-12601
M. Jurcina62279-332820
D. Ullstrom29448-2611
S. Staios61088-155100
M. Reasoner56156-212800
D. Reese25156+11100
M. Eaton59134-151001
C. Cizikas15044+1600
J. Pandolfo57123-12800
M. Mottau29022-101500
N. Niederreiter50101-241200
T. Wallace31011-7600
B. Comeau16000-11600
M. Haley9000+03300
A. Ness9000+0200
R. Rakhshani5000+0200
T. Gillies3000-1000
C. de Haan1000+1000
T. Wishart1000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
E. Nabokov4219-18-310111722.55.914
A. Montoya268-7-5656922.74.906
R. DiPietro83-2-3221773.73.876
K. Poulin62-4-0151623.04.907
A. Nilsson41-2-0101122.75.911
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