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About the Islanders - 2-25-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Islanders.

When and where: 7:30 p.m., Mellon Arena.

TV: FSN Pittsburgh, RIS, MSG Plus 2.

Record: 18-35-6, 42 points. The Islanders are the worst team in the league.

Leading Scorer: Mark Streit, 42 points (11 goals, 31 assists).

Last Game: 4-0 home shutout of the Devils, Saturday. Yann Danis made 40 saves in the win while Streit and Frans Nielsen each had two assists .

Last Game against the Penguins: 3-2 home shootout win, Feb. 16. Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves

Islanders Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Blake Comeau. He has assists in three consecutive games.

Ex-Penguins: Andy Hilbert, LW; Richard Park, RW; Jon Sim, LW; Garth Snow, general manager; Bryan Trottier, director of player development; John Chabot, assistant coach, Eric Cairns, assistant, player development.

Ex-Islanders on the Penguins: Dan Bylsma, head coach; Ruslan Fedotenko, LW; Tom Fitzgerald, assistant coach; Eric Godard, RW; Miroslav Satan, RW.

Useless Islanders Trivia: Former Islanders and Penguins forward Bryan Trottier (above, right) is the only member of the 1974 draft class to reach the 1,000 point mark in his career. He had 1,425 points (524 goals, 901 assists). Former Penguins forward Pierre Larouche is the second-highest scoring player from that class with 822 points (395 goals 427 assists).

Best Islanders YouTube Video We Could Find: The Islanders sure like to clean their dogs:

Notes:

-Marc-Andre Fleury (21-16-4, 2.95 GAA, .907 SV%) and Joey MacDonald (12-24-4, 3.29 GAA, .901 SV%) are the expected starters in net.

-Sidney Crosby (groin) and Kris Letang (sprained coach's head) are expected to play.

-Sergei Gonchar has exceeded expectations so far in his return.

-Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro (knee), defensemen Freddy Meyer (groin), Thomas Pock (hand), Andy Sutton (foot), forward Mike Sillinger (hip), Nate Thompson (shoulder) and Doug Weight (knee) are all on injured reserve. Additionally, forward Richard Park is dealing with broken ribs.

-The Penguins will wear their dreaded blue uniforms tonight. We fully expect a 4-1 Islanders win.

-Our live blog begins at approximately 6:30 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Mike Powell/Getty Images)

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