New York Islanders @ Pittsburgh Penguins
Penguins Lead 1-0
ROOT, NBCSN, MSG Plus, TSN – 7:00 pm/et
Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA
Game two at home following a Penguins blowout in game one. Sidney Crosby will be back. The Penguins' worst enemy tonight could be becoming complacent. It would be a huge mistake to let the Islanders back into this series.
For a bit of a different look than we usually give, here are the Penguins and Islanders player usage charts for game one from Some Kind of Ninja.
You can click on them for a full size image. Here's a bit on player usage charts from Some Kind of Ninja:
The horizontal axis is the percentage of time the player started in the offensive zone, the vertical axis is a rating of how good the players he played against are, and the bubble sizes are a relative rating of how many shots were directed at the net while the player was on the ice. A blue bubble (good) means more shot attempts were made at the opposing team's net when the player was on the ice, a red bubble (bad) means the player was getting outshot.
For example, look at Paul Martin's bubble. Its positioning shows you that he started most of his shifts in the defensive zone and that he played against a relatively high quality of competition. The fact that his bubble is blue means that, while he was on the ice, more shots were directed at the Islanders' net than at the Penguins' net. Translation: He has a lot of responsibility and he handles it well.
For tonight's lines, see our line combinations post from earlier.
What happened in game one? Penguins won 5-0.
What we said in our recap:
The Pens opened the playoffs in grand fashion. Probably the best opening statement since Mattew McConaughey in "A Time to Kill." The only thing missing was a video stream of this turd watching the game and crying.
The Penguins outplayed the Islanders in every facet of the game. It actually looked kind of scary. As good as the Isles can play, they're gonna need their best every night and hope the Pens don't bring their own best. It doesn't look like that's gonna happen. If the Isles win a game this series, though, it will be Game Two.
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What they're saying:
Pittsburgh: Sidney Crosby is a confirmed return for the Penguins. James Neal, who left Game 1 after taking a check along the boards from Travis Hamonic, was not on the ice for the morning skate.
New York: As many fans anticipated, it looks like Marty Reasoner will be out. Not due to suspension, mind you; the league did not discipline him for his almost-knee on Jussi Jokinen near the end of Game 1. The modest surprise is who would replace Reasoner, who was scratched for 10 regular season games down the stretch only to return for Game 1.