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About the Islanders - 03-22-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Islanders.

When and where: 7 p.m. EDT. Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

TV: Root Sports (Pittsburgh market), MSG Plus (New York market), NHL Network (rest of the United States), RDS2.

Record: 13-14-3, 29 points. The Islanders are in 11th place in the Eastern Conference and fourth place in the Atlantic Division.

Leading Scorer: John Tavares, 32 points (18 goals, 14 assists).

Last Game: 5-2 home loss to the Canadiens, last night. Matt Moulson had two assists for the Islanders.

Last Game against the Penguins: 6-1 road loss, March 10. Chris Kunitz had a hat trick and two assists for the Penguins.

Islanders Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Moulson. He has points in six consecutive games.

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 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; Trevor Smith, C.

Useless Islanders Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov (above) has the most shutouts amongst active European goaltenders with 54. Penguins goaltender Tomas Vokoun is second with 49.

Best Islanders Video We Could Find: Former Islanders defenseman and current Penguins statue Rich Pilon getting into a stick fight with former Penguins center Mario Lemieux in the 1996-97 season:

Probable goaltenders: Tomas Vokoun (7-3-0, 2.88 GAA, .903 SV%) for the Penguins. Evgeni Nabokov (13-9-3, 2.93 GAA, .900 SV%) for the Islanders.

Injuries: For the Penguins, Matt Cooke (unknown) is questionable. Defenseman Kris Letang ("lower body") is out. Center Evgeni Malkin ("upper-body") is on injured reserve. For the Islanders, defenseman Brian Strait (ankle) and left winger David Ullstrom (groin) are on injured reserve. Jesse Joensuu (sports hernia) is suspended by the team for suffering an injury during the lockout.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins did not practice with a full crew this morning. Based on their lines and pairings this morning, consider this an educated guess:

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

44 Brooks Orpik - 7 Paul Martin
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Matt Niskanen - 4 Mark Eaton
47 Simon Despres - 5 Deryk Engelland

-The Islanders expected lines and defensive pairings are:

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

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

Notes:

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

-The Penguins recalled Smith from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and placed Malkin on injured reserve.

-Head coach Dan Bylsma said Cooke will play. (PG+)

-Vokoun has 49 career shutouts.

-Martin has 196 career assists.

-Moulson has 97 career assists.

-Reasoner has 97 career goals.

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(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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