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About the Islanders - 03-10-13

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.

Record: 11-11-3, 25 points. The Islanders are in 10th place in the Eastern Conference and fourth place in the Atlantic Division.

Leading Scorer: John Tavares, 29 points (16 goals, 13 assists).

Last Game: 5-2 home win against the Capitals, yesterday. Tavares scored for the Islanders.

Last Game against the Penguins: 4-2 home loss, Feb. 5. Marc-Andre Fleury made 32 saves for the Penguins.

Islanders Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Frans Nielsen. He has points in his last four consecutive games against 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 (above), LW (Moulson is a former Penguins draft pick but never actually played for the organization); Garth Snow, general manager; Brian Strait, D.

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

Useless Islanders Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Moulson (300 games) is one of three members of the Penguins' 2003 draft class to play in 300 or more games in the NHL. The others are goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (452) and left winger Daniel Carcillo (320).

Best Islanders Video We Could Find: Christie Brinkley is an Islander:

Probable goaltenders: Tomas Vokoun (5-3-0, 3.32 GAA, .890 SV%) for the Penguins. Evgeni Nabokov (11-7-3, 2.87 GAA, .905 SV%) for the Islanders.

Injuries: For the Penguins, center Evgeni Malkin ("upper-body") is out. For the Islanders, defensemen Matt Carkner (groin) and Brian Strait (ankle) are on injured reserve. Left winger Jesse Joensuu (sports hernia) is suspended for suffering an injury during the lockout.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins did not hold a morning skate today. Based on Makin's absence and last night's lines, consider this an educated guess:

14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 9 Pascal Dupuis
19 Beau Bennett - 16 Brandon Sutter - 18 James Neal
24 Matt Cooke - 15 Dustin Jeffrey - 48 Tyler Kennedy
10 Tanner Glass - 46 Joe Vitale - 27 Craig Adams

2 Matt Niskanen - 58 Kris Letang
44 Brooks Orpik - 7 Paul Martin
47 Simon Despres - 5 Deryk Engelland

The Islanders held an optional skate today. These were their lines and pairings in yesterday's game against the Capitals:

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

3 Travis Hamonic - 47 Andrew MacDonald
14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
2 Mark Streit - 4 Radek Martinek

Notes:

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


-This too:


-The Penguins are 0-2-0 at home against the Islanders since erecting the Rich Pilon/Jeff Norton Mario Lemieux statue.

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

-Vokoun has 49 career shutouts.

-Grabner has played in 199 career games.

-Bailey has played in 49 career goals.

-Hamonic has 49 career assists.

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

(Photo: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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