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About the Islanders - 01-29-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Islanders.

When and where: 7:30 p.m. EST. Consol Energy Center.

TV: Root Sports (in the Pittsburgh market), NBC Sports Network (outside the Pittsburgh market), TSN.

Record: 2-2-1, 5 points. The Islanders are in eighth place in the Eastern Conference and third place in the Atlantic Division.

Leading Scorer: John Tavares, 6 points (1 goal, 5 assists).

Last Game: 5-4 overtime road loss to the Jets, Sunday. Tavares had a goal and two assists for the Islanders.

Last Game against the Penguins: 5-3 home win, March 29. Paul Martin recorded two assists for the Penguins.

Islanders Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Kyle Okposo. He has points in his past three games agaisnt the Penguins.

Ex-Penguins on the Islanders: Eric Cairns, player development; Matt Carkner, D (Carkner is a former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguin but never played for the NHL club); Colin McDonald, RW; Matt Moulson, LW (Moulson is a former Penguins draft pick but never actually played for the orgnaization); Garth Snow, general manager; Brian Strait (above), D.

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

Useless Islanders Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Strait is one of two one-time Islanders who have worn No. 37 for the Penguins. The other is Kip Miller.

Best Islanders Video We Could Find: Former Islanders center Brent Sutter, father of current Penguins center Brandon Sutter, cleaing up a garbage goal against the Maple Leafs during the 1985-86 season:

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (2-1-0, 2.28 GAA, .916 SV%) for the Penguins. Evgeni Nabokov (2-1-1, 3.49 GAA, .894 SV% in 2011-12) for the Senators.

Injuries: For the Penguins, defenseman Matt Niskanen (ankle) is out. For the Islanders, defenseman Travis Hamonic (ankle) is a game-time decision. Left winger Josh Bailey (knee) and Jesse Joensuu (groin) are suspended after suffering injuries during the lockout. Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky is suspended for not reporting to the team.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate:

14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 9 Pascal Dupuis
48 Tyler Kennedy - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 18 James Neal
24 Matt Cooke - 16 Brandon Sutter - 10 Tanner Glass
25 Eric Tangradi - 46 Joe Vitale - 27 Craig Adams

47 Simon Despres - 58 Kris Letang
44 Brooks Orpik - 7 Paul Martin
6 Ben Lovejoy - 5 Deryk Engelland

-The Islanders lines and pairings at today's morning skate are:

26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner - 51 Frans Nielsen - 24 Brad Boyes
41 David Ullstrom - 10 Keith Aucoin - 13 Colin McDonald
17 Matt Martin - 16 Marty Reasoner - 53 Casey Cizikas


2 Mark Streit - 37 Brian Strait
47 Andrew MacDonald - 52 Joe Finley
14 Thomas Hickey - 7 Matt Carkner

Notes:

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


-Niskanen is expected to be sidelined two to four weeks.

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Fleury has 22 career shutouts. He needs one more to surpass Tom Barrasso for most in franchise history.

-Evgeni Malkin (324 assists) needs one assist to pass Rick Kehoe for seventh place on the franchise's all-time assist list.

-Strait speaks:

-The Islanders are 2-0-0 against the Penguins ever since they erected the Mario Lemieux Rich Pilon-Jeff Norton statue.

-Moulson has appeared in 251 career games.

-Our live blog begins at approximately 6:30 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Andy Marlin/Getty Images)

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