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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins

by Travis Betts / New York Islanders
New York Islanders

3-3-3 (9 points – 3rd in Metropolitan Division, 9th in Eastern Conference)
1-2-0 road
Pittsburgh Penguins
7-2-0 (14 points - 1st in Metropolitan Division, 2nd in Eastern Conference)
5-1-0 home
7:00 p.m.
CONSOL Energy Center
Pittsburgh, PA
Television: MSG PLUS
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring

Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
2012-13 season series (1-4-0)
If you include the regular season and postseason, the Islanders and Penguins met 11 times in 2012-13. The last regular season matchup was a 2-0 shutout for Pittsburgh in late March. The Islanders wouldn't lose again in regulation for another 25 days, going 8-0-3 in the 11 games that followed. These teams will meet four times before the 2013-14 regular season is over.
Penguins player to watch
Sidney Crosby - Center

The Penguins headlining center was held without a point for the first time all season on Oct. 21 vs. Colorado. Before that, Crosby rattled off four straight multiple-point games (five goals, seven assists), as part of an eight-game point streak. The 26-year-old notched his eighth career regular season hat trick on Oct. 12 at Tampa Bay.

Islanders Storylines
• John Tavares has points in eight straight games (four goals, seven assists).
• Matt Moulson has five points (three goals, two assists) in his last two games, and is riding a four-game point streak (four goals, three assists).
• Kyle Okposo has three consecutive multi-point games (two goals, four assists).
• The Islanders have power play goals in four consecutive games (6-for-17, 35.3-percent).
The Matchup
28.1% (3rd)
84.0 (9th)

Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
21.9 (10th)
80.8 (18th)
New York Islanders previous game lines
26 Matt Moulson – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
96 Pierre-Marc Bouchard – 51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
29 Brock Nelson – 16 Peter Regin – 15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 13 Colin McDonald

47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey - 7 Matt Carkner
37 Brian Strait - 46 Matt Donovan

20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
Pittsburgh Penguins previous game lines
14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 9 Pascal Dupuis
36 Jussi Jokinen - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 12 Chuck Kobasew
15 Tanner Glass - 16 Brandon Sutter - 23 Chris Conner
39 Harry Zolnierczyk - 46 Joe Vitale - 27 Craig Adams
7 Deryk Engelland - 44 Brooks Orpik
2 Matt Niskanen - 3 Olli Maatta
4 Rob Scuderi - 41 Robert Bortuzzo

29 Marc-Andre Fleury
37 Jeff Zatkoff
Quote of the Day:

"It's easy to get up against these guys after what happened last year. More importantly, we're just trying to get back to our game and get back to winning. We know what it takes, and for whatever reason we've struggled doing that for a full 60. It'll be a good test for us."

-Right wing Colin McDonald,
on facing Pittsburgh

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