Gameday 81 – Islanders

7:00 pm
No way we're posting an Islanders logo today.
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
TV: ROOT Sports
This isn't about revenge.  Taking revenge against the Islanders is like punching a baby for wetting its diaper.  The Islanders behaved like untalented idiots last game because that's what they are and that's what they do.  Punching Trevor Gillies in the face won't get us two points, though it would feel good.  Mario Lemieux was right when he called that game a "travesty" and a "sideshow."  There's no need to have that happen again.  All that would do is bring out more people who love to call Mario a hypocrite and possibly injure some key players before the playoffs.
Sure, if the Islanders want to mix it up, the Pens will mix it up.  But that's not the goal.  The Pens can't let the Islanders suck them down to their level.  If the Pens want to break anything tonight, it should be the scoreboard.
The win is what matters here.  The Atlantic Division title is still within reach for the Penguins.  Sitting at home, pondering what a disappointment your season was is all that awaits the Islanders.


Know your enemy: No way.
Season series: Penguins lead 3-2
Last meeting: We're not talking about it.
Penguins notes: is Engelland.
Islanders notes:
Islanders suck.
Line production the last 10 games: Penguins | Islanders
Favorite Islanders-related Photoshop or gif:
This is what Long Island looks like now.
Penguins lines:

James Neal – Mark Letestu – Alex Kovalev
Chris Kunitz – Jordan Staal – Tyler Kennedy
Arron Asham – Max Talbot – Pascal Dupuis
Mike Rupp – Craig Adams – Eric Godard

Brooks Orpik – Kris Letang
Paul Martin – Zbynek Michalek
Matt NiskanenDeryk Engelland

Marc-Andre Fleury

Islanders Lines from Empty Netters:

Matt Moulson – John Tavares – PA Parenteau
Michael Grabner – Josh Bailey – Kyle Okposo
Matt Martin – Blake Comeau – Jesse Joensuu
Micheal Haley – Zenon Konopka – Trevor Gillies

Ty Wishart – Travis Hamonic
Matt CampanaleRadek Martinek
Mark Katic – Dylan Reese

Al Montoya


Burn Baby Burn.
Do It.
Go Pens.




7:30PM — Mellon Arena


Regular season… where did you go?

Tonight is the last home game of the regular season.  It's "Shirts Off Our Backs" night.  It's team awards night.  It's a Mathieu Garon start.

Both Garon and Philippe Boucher will likely play tonight.
Hal Gill looks to be the odd man out on defense.
It also looks like Max Talbot will be scratched.

The Islanders lost 9-0 to Carolina on Tuesday.
They managed to get 12 shots on net.
The Hurricanes had 57.

Tonight is Bill Guerin's first game against the Islanders since he was their captain.

Malkin currently leads Ovechkin by two points in the scoring race.
The Capitals play the Lightning tonight.
No word on the amount of clean hits slashing and headhunting Ovechkin will face tonight.


If there was ever a team that was begging for Malkin to pad his stats on, it's the New York Islanders.
Of course, now that we said that, it will probably end up being a tight-checking, one goal game.


Bruce Boudreau wasn't too happy about the Thrashers parody video that we posted earlier.

“I really like the stuff they do, but I thought that was over the line. You know, mocking how bad… I know it was all in good fun and everything, but I thought that was over the line,” [Boudreau] told Yahoo!. “I wasn’t a big fan of that. If they want to mock their own players, fine — go ahead and mock their own players like that. But people pay a lot of money for these commercials, and I didn’t think it was in very good taste when they did the stuff with Alex.”


It looks like next year's Winter Classic will be at Fenway Park in Boston.  Bruins and Rangers? Bruins and Habs?

Instead of being out for the season, it looks like Montreal's Mathieu Schneider will probably return today.

MSG is digitally adding advertising to the glass during Rangers' games.

Marc-Andre Fleury's save against the Maple Leafs is nominated for's Fans' Choice Save of the Year and included in Pool C in TSN's Play of the Year Showdown.


That save was pretty much the only highlight in that otherwise dreadful game.


Dick's is already selling 2009 Playoff T-Shirts.  This one is especially great:


Malkin needs a big night tonight.

In Soviet Russia, goals score you!

Go Pens.