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About the Islanders - Game 4 - 05-07-13

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), NBC Sports Network (rest of the United States), TSN.

Leading postseason scorer: Kyle Okposo (right) and Matt Moulson, 3 points (2 goals,  assist) each.

Last Game: 5-4 home overtime loss in Game 3, Sunday. Okposo had a goal and an assist for the Islanders

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (2-1, 2.55 GAA, .923 SV%) for the Penguins and Evgeni Nabokov (1-2, 4.77 GAA, .836 SV%) for the Islanders.

Injuries: For the Penguins, left winger James Neal (undisclosed) and defenseman Brooks Orpik ("lower body") are probable. For the Islanders, they are reporting no injuries.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins held an optional practice yesterday. Based on their primary lines and defensive pairings in Game 3, consider this a guess:

14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 9 Pascal Dupuis
12 Jarome Iginla - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 18 James Neal
10 Brenden Morrow - 36 Jussi Jokinen - 24 Matt Cooke
15 Tanner Glass - 16 Brandon Sutter- 27 Craig Adams

58 Kris Letang - 4 Mark Eaton
44 Brooks Orpik - 7 Paul Martin
3 Douglas Murray - 2 Matt Niskanen

-The Islanders held an optional morning skate today as well. Based on their primary lines and defensive pairings in Game 3, consider this a guess:

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

2 Mark Streit - 7 Matt Carkner
3 Travis Hamonic - 47 Andrew MacDonald
11 Lubomir Visnovsky - 37 Brian Strait

Notes:

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

-Letang was named a finalist for the Norris Trophy along with Montreal's P.K. Subban and Minnesota's Ryan Suter.

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Orpik speaks:

-Letang speaks:

-Crosby speaks:

-“We make one mistake and it’s in the back of our net. They make three or four mistakes and we may still not score. I guess I’m not saying perfect, but we have to be close to perfect to be successful.” - Islanders coach Jack Capuano.

-Our live blog, direct from Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, begins at approximately 6 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images)

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