Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 23: New York Islanders

New York Islanders (8-11-3) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (14-8-0)
ROOT, MSG-Plus – 7:00 pm/et 
Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA

It's the top team in the Still Can't Really Believe That's The Name Division versus the bottom team. The Pens are looking to win three in-a-row tonight.

STATS, INFO & NOTES:

Leading Scorers:

Penguins: Sidney Crosby (11G, 17A: 28P)
Islanders: John Tavares (9G, 16A: 25P)

Probable Starting Goaltenders:

Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury (13-6-0, 1.90 GAA, .924 Sv% )
Islanders: Kevin Poulin (3-6-0, 2.79 GAA, .898 Sv%)

Last Games:

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Penguins: Defeated Washington Capitals 4-0.
Islanders: Lost to Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2.

Opposition Blog: [Lighthouse Hockey]
What They're Saying: "Recap"

Whatever good there was in this game, whatever injuries (and self-inflicted scratches) altered the equation, the Islanders played a team missing its top three centers. That shouldn't equal a 5-2 loss.

Going back to the Ottawa game, the Isles have won just four of their last 10, just two in regulation.

What Happened Last Time: October 25, 2013 – Pens Lost 4-3 [Our Recap]

Don't be surprised if this game starts a big-time run for the Islanders. Even though they got outshot, a stat that was aided by five fruitless Penguins power plays, the Islanders are starting to become a really tough team again. Don't get us wrong; their defense is still Swiss cheese, and no one has any idea which Evgeni Nabokov is going to show up on any given night, but the talent is starting to show.

Nothing much has changed since the Isles/Pens playoff series; the Islanders still match up extremely well against the Pens. Of all the home games thus far, the Islanders have looked like the best overall team the Penguins have faced.

As for the Pens, they served this to the Islanders on a silver platter. Zatkoff had a decent game, definitely better than his debut in Florida. But late-game defensive meltdowns allowed this game to slip away. Pens’ PP is now 1 for its last 20 or something, too.

Penguins Player(s) to Watch: Let's go with Evgeni Malkin today. Why not?

Islanders Player(s) to Watch: Brock Nelson, because we like his name.

Gif that Seems Appropriate for Today's Game: 

 

Pittsburgh Penguins lines from Daily Faceoff:

Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Beau Bennett
Pascal Dupuis- Evgeni Malkin – James Neal
Jussi Jokinen – Brandon Sutter – Brian Gibbons
Tanner Glass – Joe Vitale – Craig Adams
 
Paul Martin – Brooks Orpik
Olli Maatta – Kris Letang
Matt Niskanen – Deryk Engelland
 
Marc-Andre Fleury

New York Islanders lines from Daily Faceoff:

Brock Nelson – John Tavares – Kyle Okposo
Josh Bailey – Frans Nielsen – Colin McDonald
Pierre-Marc Bouchard – Peter Regin – Cal Clutterbuck
Eric Boulton – Casey Cizikas – Matt Martin
 
Andrew MacDonald – Travis Hamonic
Matt Donovan – Thomas Hickey
Aaron Ness – Matt Carkner
 
Kevin Poulin

 

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