A preview of the Islanders.
When and where: 7 p.m. EST. Consol Energy Center.
TV: Root Sports, MSG Plus.
Record: 8-11-3, 19 points. The Islanders are in last place in the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division.
Leading Scorer: John Tavares (right), 25 points (9 goals, 16 assists).
Last Game: 5-2 road loss to the Maple Leafs, Tuesday. Kevin Poulin made 19 saves for the Islanders.
Last Game against the Penguins: 4-3 road win, Oct. 25. Frans Nielsen had a goal and two assists for the Islanders.
Islanders Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Tavares. He has points in 18 of his 22 games this season.
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: With defenseman Andrew MacDonald and left winger Eric Boulton, the Islanders are one of two teams with two active players who were born in Nova Scotia. The other is the Penguins (centers Sidney Crosby and Zach Sill).
Best Islanders Video We Could Find: Former Islanders and Penguins center Bryan Trottier doing a commercial for a Long Island car dealer in the late 1980s:
Probable goaltenders: Jeff Zatkoff (1-2-0, 3.36 GAA, .865 SV%) for the Penguins. Kevin Poulin (3-6-0, 2.79 GAA, .898 SV%) for the Capitals.
Injuries: For the Penguins, right winger Chuck Kobasew ("lower body"), defenseman Rob Scuderi (broken ankle) and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clots) are on injured reserve. For the Islanders, left winger Thomas Vanek ("upper body") is probable. Defenseman 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 at today's morning skate were:
14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 19 Beau Bennett
9 Pascal Dupuis - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 18 James Neal
36 Jussi Jokinen - 16 Brandon Sutter - 49 Brian Gibbons
15 Tanner Glass - 46 Joe Vitale - 27 Craig Adams
3 Olli Maata - 58 Kris Letang
44 Brooks Orpik - 7 Paul Martin
2 Matt Niskanen - 5 Deryk Engelland
-The Islanders expected lines and defensive pairing 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 – 13 Colin McDonald
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 15 Cal Clutterbuck
47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey – 46 Matt Donovan
4 Radek Martinek – 7 Matt Carkner
-The last time the Penguins played the Islanders, this happened:
-Crosby has 249 career goals.
-Vanek is expected to return after missing five games.
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(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)