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About the Islanders - 05-01-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Note: This is an abreviated version of the game previews we normally publish.

A preview of the Islanders.

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

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

Leading Regular season scorer: John Tavares (right), 47 points (28 goals, 19 assists).

Last Game: 2-1 road shootout loss to the Sabres, Friday. Evgeni Nabokov made 21 saves for the Islanders.

Last Game against the Penguins: 2-0 road loss, March 30. Tomas Vokoun made 35 saves for the Penguins.

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (23-8-0, 2.39 GAA, .916 SV% in the regular season) for the Penguins and Evgeni Nabokov (23-11-7, 2.50 GAA, .910 SV% in the regular season) for the Islanders.

Injuries: For the Penguins, defenseman Brooks Orpik ("lower body") is doubtful. Center Sidney Crosby (mouth) is out. For the Islanders, they are reporting no injuries.

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

14 Chris Kunitz - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 18 James Neal
12 Jarome Iginla - 36 Jussi Jokinen - 9 Pascal Dupuis
10 Brenden Morrow - 16 Brandon Sutter - 24 Matt Cooke
15 Tanner Glass - 27 Craig Adams - 19 Beau Bennett

58 Kris Letang - 4 Mark Eaton
5 Deryk Engelland - 7 Paul Martin
3 Douglas Murray - 2 Matt Niskanen

-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
40 Michael Grabner - 10 Keith Aucoin - 13 Colin McDonald
16 Marty Reasoner - 53 Casey Cizikas - 17 Matt Martin

2 Mark Streit - 37 Brian Strait
3 Travis Hamonic - 47 Andrew MacDonald
11 Lubomir Visnovsky - 14 Thomas Hickey

Notes:

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

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Our live blog begins approximately 6:30 p.m.

(Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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