A preview of the Islanders.
When and where: 7 p.m., EST, Consol Energy Center.
TV: MSG, Root Sports, SportsNet One, TVA.
Record: 12-6-0, 24 points. The Islanders are in second place in the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division.
Leading Scorer: Center Brock Nelson (right), 18 points (9 goals, 9 assists).
Last Game: 5-2 home win against the Lightning Tuesday. Goaltender Jaroslav Halak made 26 saves for the Islanders.
Last Game against the Penguins: 3-1 road loss, Oct. 18. Halak made 35 saves for the Islanders.
Islanders Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: right winger Kyle Okposo. He has points in three consecutive games.
Ex-Penguins on the Islanders: Eric Cairns, director of player development; Matt Carkner, D (Carkner played for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins but not the NHL team); Chad Johnson, G (Johnson is a former Penguins prospect but never played for the organization); Brian Strait, D; Garth Snow, G.
Ex-Islanders on the Penguins: Blake Comeau, LW; Tom Fitzgerald, assistant general manager; Bill Guerin, assistant general manager.
Useless Islanders Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2009) is one of four active NHL players who have been named "Mr. Hockey" in Minnesota as that state's best high school senior player. The others are Panthers center Nick Bjugstad (2010), Penguins defenseman Paul Martin (2000) and Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (2007) .
The last time the Penguins played the Islanders, this happened:
Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (11-3-0, 1.98 GAA, .930 SV%) for the Penguins. Chad Johnson (4-2-0, 3.27 GAA, .878 SV%) for the Islanders.
Injuries: For the Penguins, right winger Pascal Dupuis (blood clot) is on injured reserve. For the Islanders, Left winger Eric Boulton ("lower body"), defenseman Matt Carkner (back) and right winger Michael Grabner ("lower body") are on injured reserve.
Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins' primary lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:
14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 13 Blake Comeau
13 Nick Spaling - - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 72 Patric Hornqvist
19 Beau Bennett - 16 Brandon Sutter - 23 Steve Downie
38 Zach Sill - 57 Marcel Goc - 27 Craig Adams
58 Kris Letang - 7 Paul Martin
10 Christian Ehrhoff - 3 Olli Maatta
47 Simon Despres - 4 Rob Scuderi
-According to the team's Web site Islanders lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:
86 Nikolay Kulemin – 91 John Tavares – 29 Brock Nelson
84 Mikhail Grabovski – 51 Frans Nielsen – 21 Kyle Okposo
27 Anders Lee – 18 Ryan Strome – 12 Josh Bailey
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 15 Cal Clutterbuck
2 Nick Leddy – 55 Johnny Boychuk
44 Calvin de Haan – 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
-Adams has 99 career assists.
-Comeau has 97 career assists.
-Fleury has 299 career wins.
-The referees are Dave Jackson (No. 8) and Marc Joannette (No. 25). The linesmen are Derek Amell (No. 75) and Steve Miller (No. 89).
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