Season series (1-2-0) The Islanders play Pittsburgh at home for the final time this season after suffering a 4-2 defeat in the only other matchup at Nassau Coliseum. The first time the Isles and Pens met, Casey Cizikas scored his first career goal to lead the Islanders to a 4-1 win. Less than two weeks ago, Pittsburgh defeated the Islanders 6-1 in the Steel City.
The 33-year-old Dupuis hasn’t slowed down after a career high 59 point year last season. Dupuis is third on the Penguins with 14 goals, and has nine points in his last eight games. The Laval, Quebec native has four points in three games against the Isles this season.
Islanders Storylines •Following a stretch in which they were 5-1-1 in seven games, the Isles have suffered two home defeats in a row. •Friday’s game will be the third game in four days, all against teams currently in the top-five of the Eastern Conference (OTT, MTL). •Matt Moulson’s two assists Thursday night extend his assist streak to six games. Moulson leads the Isles with 21 helpers on the season
New York Islanders projected lines Forwards 26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes 12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen – 21 Kyle Okposo 53 Casey Cizikas – 10 Keith Aucoin - 13 Colin McDonald 40 Michael Grabner – 16 Marty Reasoner –17 Matt Martin
Defensemen 3 Travis Hamonic - 47 Andrew MacDonald 14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky 2 Mark Streit - 4 Radek Martinek
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