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About the Islanders - 10-25-13

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, RDS2.

Record: 3-3-3, 9 points. The Islanders are in fourth place in the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division.

Leading Scorer: Frans Nielsen (right), 11 points (5 goals, 4 assists).

Last Game: 5-4 home overtime loss to the Canucks, Tuesday. Nielsen had a goal and two assists for the Islanders.

Last Game against the Penguins: 4-3 overtime home loss in Game 6 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, May 11. Michael Grabner had a goal and an assist for the Islanders.

Islanders Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Matt Moulson. He has a four-game scoring streak.

Ex-Penguins on the Islanders: Eric Cairns, director of player development; Matt Carkner, D (Carkner played for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins but never reached the NHL level); Colin McDonald, RW; Matt Moulson, LW (Moulson was a Penguins draft pick but never played for the organization; Garth Snow, general manager; Brian Strait, D.

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

Useless Islanders Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: McDonald is one of four natives of Connecticut to play for the Penguins. The others are centers Eric Boguniecki, Matt Hussey and defenseman Greg Brown.

Best Islanders Video We Could Find: Islanders legend Denis Potvin breaking Bobby Orr's record for goals by a defenseman in a 9-2 home win against the Maple Leafs, Jan. 28, 1986:

Probable goaltenders: Jeff Zatkoff (0-1-0, 6.05 GAA, .800 SV%) for the Penguins. Evgeni Nabokov (3-2-3, 2.80 GAA, .905 SV%) for the Islanders.

Injuries: For the Penguins, right winger Beau Bennett is day to day. Right wingers Beau Bennett ("lower body"), Matt D'Agostini ("lower-body"), left winger James Neal ("upper body") and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clots) are on injured reserve. For the Islanders, defenseman Brian Strait ("upper body") is out. Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky (concussion) is 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 - 9 Pascal Dupuis
36 Jussi Jokinen - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 12 Chuck Kobasew
15 Tanner Glass - 16 Brandon Sutter - 59 Jayson Megna
27 Craig Adams - 46 Joe Vitale - 5 Deryk Engelland

44 Brooks Orpik - 7 Paul Martin
4 Rob Scuderi - 58 Kris Letang
3 Olli Maatta - 2 Matt Niskanen

-The Islanders held an optional skate today. Their expected lines and defensive pairings tonight are:

26 Matt Moulson – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
96 Pierre-Marc Bouchard – 51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
29 Brock Nelson – 16 Peter Regin – 15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 13 Colin McDonald

47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey - 4 Radek Martinek
37 Brian Strait - 46 Matt Donovan

Notes:

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

-Letang is expected to make his season debut tonight after being sidelined all season due to a "lower-body" injury.

-Megna is expected to make his NHL debut tonight.

-Assuming Megna does play, he will be the third native of Illinois to play for the Penguins. He would join defenseman Andrew Hutchinson and left winger Ed Olczyk.

-Clarification: Megna was born in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and raised in Northbrook, Ill. Assuming he plays, he will become the fifth Florida-born player in NHL history. He would join Dallas Eakins, Blake Geoffrion, Dan Hinote and Val James.

-Malkin has 349 career assists.

-You might be doubting Zatkoff. Hickey, his former roommate, isn't.

-Islanders right winger Michael Grabner is suspended.

-Martinek, signed earlier this week, is expected to make his season debut.

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

(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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