Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 51: New York Islanders

Pittsburgh Penguins (35-13-2) @ New York Islanders (21-24-7)
ROOT, NBCSN, TSN2 – 7:30 pm/et 
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Uniondale, NY

The Penguins get right back to it tonight with a game in Long Island. It's the first place team in the division versus the last place team, but it's also the player with the most points in the league (Crosby) versus the player with the second-most points (Tavares). Also, the Islanders are 7-3-0 in their last ten.




Leading Scorers:

Penguins: Sidney Crosby (26G, 43A: 69P)
Islanders: John Tavares (23G, 39A: 62P)

Probable Starting Goaltenders:

Penguins: Jeff Zatkoff (7-2-1, 2.67 GAA, .906 Sv% )
Islanders: Kevin Poulin (11-14-0, 3.10 GAA, .896 Sv%)

Official Previews from Team Websites: [Penguins] [Islanders]

Last Games:

Penguins: Defeated Montreal Canadiens 5-1.
Islanders: Defeated New York Rangers 5-3.

Opposition Blog: [Lighthouse Hockey]
What They're Saying: "Islanders Gameday News"

Today would be a good day to not do the whole "concede an early lead" thing.

What Happened Last Time: December 3, 2013 – Pens won 3-2 [OT] [Our Recap]

Such a bizarre time right now. Remember those days in the mid-'90s when the Red Wings would just annihilate every team they faced? They would play a close game every month, people would think they were going to lose, and then they would somehow win?

That is the Penguins. They play like mud then just come storming back. The Isles went 10 minutes without a shot in the third period. It’s similar to what the Pens did to the Leafs last week.

But whatever. Real talk. The Penguins are scoring on the power play and getting good goaltending when they need it. That is why they won this game. Oh, and because Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have decided to make the NHL season their own personal points battle. Crosby one-upped Malkin in this one, and everyone wins. Everyone but John Tavares, who is a giant baby.

Penguins Player(s) to Watch: James Neal, because, why not?

Islanders Player(s) to Watch: John Tavares.

Gif that Seems Appropriate for Today's Game: 

Pittsburgh Penguins lines from Daily Faceoff:

Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Chuck Kobasew
Jussi Jokinen- Evgeni Malkin – James Neal
Tanner Glass – Brandon Sutter – Taylor Pyatt
Craig Adams – Jayson Megna – Deryk Engelland
Paul Martin – Brooks Orpik
Rob Scuderi – Kris Letang
Olli Maatta – Matt Niskanen
Jeff Zatkoff

New York Islanders lines from Daily Faceoff:

Thomas Vanek – John Tavares – Kyle Okposo
Peter Regin – Frans Nielsen – Josh Bailey
Michael Grabner – Brock Nelson – Cal Clutterbuck
Matt Martin – Casey Cizikas – Colin McDonald
Brian Strait – Andrew MacDonald
Calvin de Haan – Matt Donovan
Radek Martinek – Thomas Hickey
Kevin Poulin