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About the Islanders - 03-27-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Islanders.

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

TV: Root Sports, MSG Plus 2.

Record: 31-33-11, 73 points. The Islanders are in 14 place in the Eastern Conference and fifth place in the Atlantic Division.

Leading Scorer: John Tavares, 75 points (31 goals, 44 assists).

Last Game: 3-2 road shootout win against the Panthers, Sunday. Evgeni Nabokov (right) made 33 saves for the Islanders.

Last Game against the Penguins: 6-3 home loss, Dec. 10. James Neal scored two goals for the Penguins.

Islanders Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Tavares. He has points in seven of his past eight games.

Ex-Penguins on the Islanders: Mark Eaton, D; Matt Moulson, LW (Moulson was a Penguins draft pick but never played for the organization); Garth Snow, general manager.

Ex-Islanders on the Penguins: Arron Asham, RW; Dan Bylsma, head coach; Tom Fitzgerald, assistant to the general manager; Bill Guerin, player development coach; Richard Park, RW.

Useless Islanders Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Tavares (2009) is one of four former No. 1 overall picks in the NHL draft who have made their NHL debut against the Penguins and have scored a goal. The others are Buffalo's Gilbert Perreault (1970), Philadelphia's Eric Lindros (1992) and Edmonton's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2011).

Best Islanders Video We Could Find: Former Islanders center Butch Goring scoring a goal against the Canucks in Game 4 of the 1982 Stanley Cup Final:

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Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (41-14-4, 2.24 GAA, .918 SV%) for the Penguins and Evgeni Nabokov (18-18-3, 2.54  GAA, .913 SV%) for the Islanders.

Injuries: For the Penguins, goaltender defensemen Kris Letang ("lower body"), Matt Niskanen ("upper body") and center Joe Vitale ("upper body") are day to day. Defenseman Ben Lovejoy (knee) is out. For the Islanders, goaltender Rick DiPietro (sports hernia/knee) is on injured reserve.

Potential Lines and Defensive Pairings: The Penguins' primary lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

Chris Kunitz - Evgeni Malkin - James Neal
Matt Cooke - Jordan Staal - Steve Sullivan
Pascal Dupuis - Sidney Crosby - Tyler Kennedy
Eric Tangradi - Craig Adams - Arron Asham

Zbynek Michalek - Brooks Orpik
Brian Strait - Paul Martin
Simon Despres - Deryk Engelland

-The Islanders primary lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

Matt Moulson - John Tavares - P.A. Parenteau
Joshua Bailey - Frans Neilsen - Kyle Okposo
Michael Grabner - Casey Cizikas - David Ullstrom
Matt Martin - Marty Reasoner - Jay Pandolfo

Mark Streit - Dylan Reese
Travis Hamonic - Andrew MacDonald
Milan Jurcina - Steve Staios

Notes:

-The last time the Penguins played the Islanders, this happened:

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-Lovejoy will be sidelined three to four weeks following knee surgery. (PG+)

-Fleury needs one win to tie Tom Barrasso's franchise record of 226 career wins.

-The Penguins have won 10 consecutive home games. A win tonight would tie a franchise record of 11 set by the 1990-91 team from Jan. 5 until March 7.

-The Penguins have won 13 consecutive home games against the Islanders.

-A regulation loss would officially eliminate the Islanders from playoff contention.

-Sullivan returns to the lineup after missing one game due to a "lower-body" injury.

-Crosby has 597 career points.

-Orpik has 99 career assists.

-Kunitz has 146 career goals and 196 career assists.

-Dupuis has a 10-game scoring streak.

-Streit has 199 career assists.

-Hamonic has 47 career points.

-Tavares has 196 career points.

-Our live blog begins at approximately 6:00 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

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