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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins 2/5/13

by Travis Betts / New York Islanders
New York Islanders

4-3-1 (9 points – 3rd in Atlantic Division, 7th in Eastern Conference)
1-2-0 home
Pittsburgh Penguins
6-3-0 (12 points – 1st in Atlantic Division, 3rd in Eastern Conference)
5-1-0 road
7:00 p.m.
Nassau Coliseum
Uniondale, NY

Television: MSG+

Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (1-0-0)
The Islanders won the only matchup vs. Pittsburgh thus far 4-1 at CONSOL Energy Center on Jan. 29. Casey Cizikas scored his first NHL goal, while Matt Moulson (one goal, one assist) and Frans Nielsen (two assists) each registered multi-point games. The Islanders power play went 2-for-2, converting on its only two shots, while the penalty kill defended all three Pittsburgh man advantages. Evgeni Nabokov made 37 saves, holding the Penguins off the board for the first 58:51 of the contest.

Penguins player to watch
Chris Kunitz - Left Wing
Chris Kunitz started the 2012-13 campaign slow, with one goal and three assists in the first seven games. But playing on Sidney Crosby’s left wing, the 33-year-old has posted seven points (five goals, two assists) in his last two contests, including a four-goal outing at Washington Sunday in the Penguins’ most recent game. More impressive was the fact he accomplished the feat by taking only four shots on goal.

Islanders Storylines
•The Islanders rank second in the Eastern Conference (third overall) at 29.0% (9/31) on the power play, and rank second in the East (third overall) on the penalty kill at 92.9% (26/28)
•Tonight's game is the third of nine consecutive contests for the Islanders in the NY/NJ metro area. The Islanders are 1-1-0 so far, with both games coming against New Jersey
•C John Tavares ranks fourth among NHL forwards with 21.42 of ice time per game
C Keith Aucoin leads the league in faceoff percentage among players who have taken at least 35 draws at 64.0% (57-for-89)
The Matchup
29.0 (9/31)
92.9% (26/28)


Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games


23.5% (8/34)
81.8% (27/33)

New York Islanders projected lines
26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes
40 Michael Grabner - 51 Frans Nielsen - 21 Kyle Okposo
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 – 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey - 7 Matt Carkner

20 Evgeni Nabokov
39 Rick DiPietro
Pittsburgh Penguins projected lines
14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby – 9 Pascal Dupuis
18 James Neal – 71 Evgeni Malkin – 17 Zach Boychuk
24 Matt Cooke – 16 Brandon Sutter – 48 Tyler Kennedy
10 Tanner Glass – 46 Joe Vitale – 27 Craig Adams

7 Paul Martin – 44 Brooks Orpik
47 Simon Despres – 58 Kris Letang
5 Deryk Engelland – Robert Bortuzzo

29 Marc-Andre Fleury
92 Tomas Vokoun
What's happening at the Coliseum - Feb. 5
Doors Open at 5:45pm
Lower Lobby New Concession Stands – open at 5pm
New Team Store location at Gate 1
Team Store Deal: Spend $100 and receive a NY Islanders fleece OR spend $150 and receive 2 tickets to a select future game
50/50 Raffle
Sandy Hook Auction
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