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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins 1/29/13

by Travis Betts / New York Islanders
New York Islanders

2-2-1 (5 points - 3rd in Atlantic Division, 8th in Eastern Conference)
1-1-1 road
Pittsburgh Penguins
3-2-0 (6 points - 2nd in Atlantic Division, 7th in Eastern Conference)
0-1-0 home
7:30 p.m.
CONSOL Energy Center
Pittsburgh, PA

Television: NBC Sports Network

Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (2011-12)
The Islanders finished last year 2-3-1 against the Penguins with the two victories coming in a home-and-home series late in the season. Kyle Okposo tallied four points during the two games (three goals, one assist). Josh Bailey had a career-high five-point effort (two goals, three assists) against the Penguins in the final matchup last season.

Penguins player to watch
Sidney Crosby - Center
Despite only playing in 22 games last season, Crosby still scored 37 points (eight goals, 29 assists). Had he played at that pace for a full 82 games, Crosby would have tallied close to 140 points. The Islanders went 2-1-0 in the three games they played with Crosby in the lineup. The 25-year-old is off to another strong start with five points in five games (three goals, two assists).
Islanders Storylines
•Sunday's game marks the fourth contest of a five-game road trip. The Islanders are 1-1-1 so far on the trip, and conclude in New Jersey before returning to the Coliseum.
•LW Matt Moulson has appeared in 251 consecutive games since joining the Islanders in 2009.
•C John Tavares has three multi-assist games, and leads the team with seven points (1g/6a) in five contests.
•The Islanders are tied for second in the NHL with one power play goal allowed, but have an even goal differential on the penalty kill through five games. LW Michael Grabner scored shorthanded on 1/24 at Toronto.
The Matchup
22.2% (4/18)
94.1% (16/17)


Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games


26.3% (5/19)
85.7% (18/21)

New York Islanders projected lines
26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner - 51 Frans Nielsen - 24 Brad Boyes
41 David Ullstrom - 10 Keith Aucoin - 13 Colin McDonald
17 Matt Martin - 16 Marty Reasoner - 53 Casey Cizikas

2 Mark Streit - 37 Brian Strait
47 Andrew MacDonald - 52 Joe Finley
14 Thomas Hickey - 7 Matt Carkner

20 Evgeni Nabokov
39 Rick DiPietro
Pittsburgh Penguins projected lines
9 Pascal Dupuis - 87 Sidney Crosby - 14 Chris Kunitz
10 Tanner Glass - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 18 James Neal
48 Tyler Kennedy - 16 Brandon Sutter - 24 Matt Cooke
25 Eric Tangradi - 46 Joe Vitale - 27 Craig Adams

7 Paul Martin - 44 Brooks Orpik
5 Deryk Engelland - 6 Ben Lovejoy
2 Matt Niskanen - 58 Kris Letang

29 Marc-Andre Fleury
92 Tomas Vokoun
Quote of the Day
“A lot of stuff has to do with timing, and sometimes the timing is just not right. They did a good job with getting defensemen and guys that are definitely capable. There was just no room. I’m thankful for the time I spent there, but it’s in the past. I’m not looking back at that.”

-Defenseman Thomas Hickey, who made his NHL debut Sunday, on his time with the Kings organization
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