A preview of the Islanders.
Leading Scorer: Trent Hunter (above), 11 points (5 goals, 6 assists).
Last Game: 4-3 loss at Atlanta Thursday.
Last Game against the Penguins: 3-1 road loss March 27. Petr Sykora and Miroslav Satan actually got into a "fight."
Islanders Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Richard Park. He always seems to something good against the Penguins.
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
Useless Islanders Trivia: The longest tenured Islanders player is defenseman Radek Martinek who has been with the team since 2002.
Best Islanders YouTube Video We Could Find: Remember that crazy "double" goal we told about by Islanders defenseman Chris Campoli earlier this week? Here you go:
-Sidney Crosby (right) is questionable for tonight's game.
-Just like the Penguins, the Islanders are having trouble hanging on to leads in the third period.
-Islanders enforcer Mitch Fritz was demoted to Bridgeport of the AHL. Forward Nate Thompson is not expected to play due to a groin injury.
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EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS
-Ryan Whitney has resumed skating.
-As of yesterday, tickets were still available for the Penguins' game in Detroit Tuesday.
-Rob Scuderi and former Penguins goaltender Ty Conklin were in Sports Illustrated's Pop Culture Grid recently.
-Adam Berkhoel made 26 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 4-0 shutout of Lowell. Chris Minard contributed two goals.
-Chris Minard is on a pace for 102 goals.
-Nick Johnson had two goals for the Wheeling Nailers in a 5-4 shootout loss at Mississippi.
-The Flyers demoted forwards Nate Raduns and Boyd Kane to their puppy-drowning AHL affiliate.
-Flyers forward Daniel Briere is expected to return tonight after missing two weeks due to adbominal surgery.
-Devils prospect Matt Halischuk suffered a knee injury in a game against the AHL Penguins.
-The Sabres put forward Matt Ellis on waivers.
-The Maple Leafs recalled forward Jiri Tlusty from their AHL affiliate in Toronto.
-Toronto is dealing with injuries to forwards Nikolai Antropov (foot) and John Mitchell (shoulder).
-The Habs' goaltenders are breaking in some new throwback pads.
-Defenseman Dennis Wideman is finally settling in with the Bruins.
-The NHLPA says the Bruins need to pay former Penguins forward Glen Murray his full salary.
-There's one person in the NHL Senators forward Jarkko Ruutu (right) can't get mad. His brother, Hurricanes forward Tuomo Ruutu.
-The Ruutus are brothers.
-Joe Corvo had a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes who edged the Senators, 2-1. Carolina coach Peter Laviolette claimed his 240th career win and passed former Lightning coach John Tortorella for most wins by a U.S.-born coach.
-Jason Williams had two goals, including one in overtime, for the Thrashers in a pretty entertaining 5-4 win at Buffalo. Bryan Little added two goals and an assist for Atlanta.
-The fantasy team operating as an actual legitimate NHL franchise, the Tampa Bay Lightning, dealt defenseman Matt Carle (above) to the Flyers for forward Steve Downie and defenseman Steve Eminger. The Lightning claims the deal was made to create salary cap space. The franchise probably could've avoided this problem if it didn't sign every halfway mediocre forward on the free agent market this offseason. Ironically enough, Carle was acquired from San Jose in a deal that shed Dan Boyle's big contract.
-Congratulations to the Lightning. You've managed to turn a legit top five NHL defenseman in Dan Boyle into a No. 5 or 6 defenseman in Eminger and a fringe NHL player in Downie. You might as well start hanging up that Southeast Division banner now.
-The deal makes sense for the Flyers given their health issues on the blue line. They acquired a player who has potential to be a No. 2 defenseman for relatively little.
-The Thrashers demoted forward Brett Sterling to Chicago of the AHL.
-The Hurricanes put forward Brandon Sutter on injured reserve due to a concussion and recalled Michael Ryan from Albany of the AHL.
-Because his nose hasn't suffered enough apparently, Carolina forward Rod Brind'Amour is dealing with a nose injury.
-Someone sent Capitals forward Sergei Fedorov 475 red carnations in honor of his 475th career goal.
-Shootout goals by Kristian Huselius and Derick Brassard (right) gave the Blue Jackets a 5-4 win against the visiting Canadiens. Crazy awesome statistic of the day: Montreal had not lost a game in Ohio since a 2-1 loss to the Cleveland Barons Nov. 23, 1977.
-Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood recently faced more shots in practice than he has in approximately three seasons.
-Detroit has the best power play in the league.
-Colin Fraser has earned some playing time with the Blackhawks.
-The NHL, ever cognizant of where it's fan base truly resides, initially decided not to make the lottery for tickets to the next Winter Classic available to anyone this country called Canada where the sport is kind of popular. TSN's Darren Dreger contacted some important people at the NHL and the issue is in the process of being resolved.
-With forward Cody McCormick away from the team for personal reasons, the Avalanche recalled forward David Jones from Lake Erie of the AHL.
-The NHL will examine a low hit by Avalanche forward Darcy Tucker on Minnesota defenseman Nick Schultz.
-Wild forward Andrew Brunette has rediscovered his game after returning to Minnesota.
-Former Oilers forward Mike Krushelnyski was hired as a coach in the KHL.
-If you didn't see Oilers forward Ales Hemsky's amazing goal against the Penguins Thursday, here you go:
-Maybe Mark Parrish was the answer to the Stars' problems. In his first game with the Stars, Parrish recorded a hat trick and led Dallas to a 5-2 win at Anaheim.
-The Stars activated former Penguins defenseman Sergei Zubov (right) from injured reserve.
-Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov is dealing with a "lower-body" injury.
-San Jose recalled forward Brad Staubitz and goaltender Thomas Greiss from Worcester of the AHL and demoted forward Jamie McGinn.
-Coyotes forward Olli Jokinen is digging Phoenix.
-Jokinen didn't exactly have kind things to say about his former coach and general manager in Florida, Jacques Martin.
-In case you were wondering, Jokinen will be fired up to play his former team, the Coyotes, tonight.
-Kings forward Brian Boyle is beginning to show his potential.
-Anaheim defenseman Francois Beauchemin is dealing with a facial injury.
-Ducks forward and Washington, Pa. native Georges Parros wants to be on American Gladiators. Kyler Storm unavailable for comment.
-Nuts to 2012. Sarah Palin should be the next NHL commissioner.
-Can changing your uniform change the course of your career?
-Expect to see some new faces on the United States' roster in the 2010 Olympics.
-Does the NHL's new policy on disclosing injuries genuinely help players?
(Photos: Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images; Crosby-Kyle Ericson; Ruutu-Phillip MacCallum; Boyle-Al Bello/Getty Images; Brassard-Jay LaPrete/Associated Press; Zubov-Jeff Gross/Getty Images)