A preview of the Islanders.
When and where: 7 p.m. EST. Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
TV: Root Sports, MSG Plus, RDS.
Record: 8-15-4, 20 points. The Islanders are in last place in the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division.
Leading Scorer: John Tavares, 30 points (11 goals, 19 assists).
Last Game: 3-2 home overtime home loss to the Capitals, Saturday. Anders Nilsson made 27 saves for the Islanders.
Last Game against the Penguins: 4-3 road loss, Nov. 22. Thomas Vanek (right) had two goals for the Islanders.
Islanders Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Vanek. He has points in his last eight consecutive games against the Penguins.
Ex-Penguins on the Islanders: Eric Cairns, director of player development; Matt Carkner, D (Carkner played for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins but never reached the NHL level); Colin McDonald, RW; Garth Snow, general manager; Brian Strait, D.
Ex-Islanders on the Penguins: Dan Bylsma, head coach; Tom Fitzgerald, assistant to the general manager; Bill Guerin, player development coach.
Useless Islanders Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: McDonald is one of two former Penguins who have worn No. 13 for the Islanders. The other is Guerin.
Best Islanders Video We Could Find: Christie Brinkley. Islanders fan:
Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (14-7-1, 2.06 GAA, .918 SV%) for the Penguins. Anders Nilsson (0-0-1, 2.47 GAA, .907 SV%) for the Islanders.
Injuries: For the Penguins, right wingers Beau Bennett (hand/wrist) Chuck Kobasew ("lower body"), defensemen Paul Martin (leg), Rob Scuderi (broken ankle), left winger Tanner Glass (hand) and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clots) are on injured reserve. For the Islanders, defensemen Brian Strait ("upper body"), Lubomir Visnovsky (concussion) and goaltender Evgeni Nabokov (groin) are on injured reserve.
Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins primary lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:
14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 9 Pascal Dupuis
36 Jussi Jokinen- 71 Evgeni Malkin - 18 James Neal
25 Andrew Ebbett - 16 Brandon Sutter - 23 Chris Conner
38 Zach Sill - 46 Joe Vitale - 27 Craig Adams
3 Olli Maata - 58 Kris Letang
44 Brooks Orpik - 5 Deryk Engelland
2 Matt Niskanen - 47 Simon Despres
-The Islanders expected lines and defensive pairings for tonight's games are:
26 Thomas Vanek – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner – 51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
96 Pierre-Marc Bouchard – 16 Peter Regin – 15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 13 Colin McDonald
47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey – 44 Calvin de Haan
55 Aaron Ness – 7 Matt Carkner
-The last time the Penguins played the Islanders, this happened:
-Malkin has 595 career points.
-Malkin was named the NHL's second star of November.
-The Islanders have lost six consecutive games.
-The Islanders have 99 regular season wins all-time against the Penguins.
-Our live blog, direct from our couch, begins at approximately 6:45 p.m. Please tune in.
(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)