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About the Islanders - 10-15-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Islanders.

When and where: 7 p.m., Consol Energy Center.

TV: FSN Pittsburgh, MSG Plus.

Record: 1-1-1, three points. The Islanders are in seventh place in the Eastern Conference and second place in the Atlantic Division.

Leading Scorer: Blake Comeau, four points (three goals, one assist).

Last Game: 2-1 road loss to the Capitals, Wednesday. Dwayne Roloson made 24 saves for the Islanders.

Last Game against the Penguins: 6-5 overtime home loss, April 11. Sidney Crosby had two goals and three assists for the Penguins.

Islanders Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Comeau. His first career goal came in a 4-2 road win at Mellon Arena, Dec. 21, 2007.

Ex-Penguins on the Islanders: Eric Cairns, player development; Mark Eaton (above), D; Matt Moulson, LW (Moulson was a Penguins draft pick but never actually played for the organization); Jon Sim, LW; Garth Snow, general manager.

Ex-Islanders on the Penguins: Arron Asham, RW; Mike Comrie, C; Dan Bylsma, head coach; Eric Godard, RW.

Useless Islanders Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Former Penguins forward Miroslav Satan holds the Islanders' career record for total shootout goals with 13.

Best Islanders Video We Could Find: When he was a member of the Islanders, former Penguins forward Bill Guerin - along with a few teammates - wanted you to have a clean dog:

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Probable goaltenders: Brent Johnson (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .968 SV%) for the Penguins and Rick DiPietro (1-0-1, 3.84 GAA, .855 SV%) for the Islanders.

Injuries: For the Penguins,defenseman Brooks Orpik (groin) is day to day. Defensemen Zbynek Michaek ("upper body") is out. Centers Casey Pierro-Zabotel (finger), Jordan Staal (foot), right winger Arron Asham ("upper body") and defenseman Alex Grant (wrist) are on injured reserve. For the Islanders center John Tavares (concussion) is day to day. Defenseman Steve Wisniewski (We guess you could call this one "lower body") is suspended. Goaltender Manny Lawson (knee), right winger Kyle Okposo (shoulder), center Rob Schremp (back) and defenseman Mark Streit (shoulder) are on injured reserve.

Potential lines and defensive pairings:

-The Penguins did not skate with a full compliment of players yesterday. Their primary lines and defensive combinations Wednesday against the Maple Leafs were:

Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Eric Tangradi - Mark Letestu - Evgeni Malkin
Matt Cooke - Maxime Talbot - Tyler Kennedy
Eric Godard - Craig Adams - Mike Rupp

Kris Letang - Paul Martin
Alex Goligoski - Ben Lovejoy
Deryk Engelland - Andrew Hutchinson

-The Islanders' primary lines and defensive combinations against Washington were:

Blake Comeau - Josh Bailey – P.A. Parenteau
Nino Niederreiter - Doug Weight - Michael Grabner
Matt Moulson - Frans Nielsen - Trent Hunter
Trevor Gillies - Zenon Konopka - Jon Sim

Radek Martinek - Mark Eaton
Milan Jurcina - Mike Mottau
Andrew MacDonald - Jack Hillen

Notes:

-"We know we need to be better because 1-3 isn't good enough." - Craig Adams.

-"He could have three points right now if we hit an open net or it doesn't clang off the post for a guy he passes the puck to." - Dan Bylsma on why he benched Mike Comrie against the Maple Leafs.

-Bylsma wouldn't say if he's starting Johnson or Marc-Andre Fleury Saturday in Philadelphia (PG+).

-So far, so good for Alex Goligoski in 2010-11.

-Welcome back Mark Eaton.

-The Penguins will be wearing their "dreaded" blue throwback jerseys. Buy bread and milk.

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

(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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