A preview of the Islanders.
When and where: 7 p.m., EDT, Consol Energy Center.
TV: Root Sports, MSG Plus.
Record: 4-0-0, 8 points. The Islanders are in 1st place in the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division.
Leading Scorer: John Tavares, 7 points (2 goals, 5 assists).
Last Game: 4-3 home shootout win against the Sharks, Thursday. Nick Leddy and Kyle Okposo (right) each had a regulation goal and an assist for the Islanders.
Last Game against the Penguins: 6-4 home loss, Jan. 23. Michael Grabner had a goal and an assist for the Islanders.
Islanders Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Okposo. In four games against the Penguins last season, he had six points (three goals, three assists).
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); Colin McDonald, RW; 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: Strait (third round) and Johnson (fifth round) were each drafted by the Penguins in 2006.
The last time the Penguins played the Islanders, this happened:
Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (2-1-0, 3.00 GAA, .890 SV%) for the Penguins. Jaroslav Halak (3-0-0, 2.92 GAA, .900 SV%) for the Islanders.
Injuries: For the Penguins, right winger Pascal Dupuis (neck) is probable. Defenseman Roberto Bortuzzo ("lower body") is out. Right winger Beau Bennett ("lower body") is on injured reserve. For the Islanders, center Mikhail Grabovksi ("upper body") is out. Defensemen Matt Carkner (back ), Calvin de Haan ("upper body"), Lubomir Visnovsky (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 - 72 Patric Hornqvist
9 Pascal Dupuis - 16 Brandon Sutter - 71 Evgeni Malkin
17 Blake Comeau - 13 Nick Spaling - 23 Steve Downie
38 Zach Sill - 57 Marcel Goc - 27 Craig Adams
58 Kris Letang - 3 Olli Maatta
7 Paul Martin - 10 Christian Ehrhoff
47 Simon Despres - 4 Rob Scuderi
-The Islanders lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:
89 Cory Conacher - 91 John Tavares - 21 Kyle Okposo
86 Nikolay Kulemin - 29 Brock Nelson - 18 Ryan Strome
12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen - 15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin - 53 Casey Cizikas - 13 Colin McDonald
2 Nick Leddy – 55 Johnny Boychuk
14 Thomas Hickey – 3 Travis Hamonic
44 Calvin de Haan – 37 Brian Strait
-Dupuis will be a game-time decision.
-Adams has 99 career assists.
-Crosby has 498 career assists.
-Dupuis has 398 career points.
-Malkin has 396 career assists.
-Crosby is the first Penguins player to score goals in the team's first three games of a season since Mario Lemieux in 1996-97.
-McDondald is expected to make his season debut.
-Kulemin has 197 career points.
-A win would give the Islanders a 5-0-0 start for the first time in franchise history.
-The referees are Dan O'Halloran (No. 13) and Brian Poechmara (No. 16). The linesmen are Derek Amell (No. 75) and Brad Kovachik (No. 71).
-Our live blog begins at approximately 6 p.m. Please tune in.
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