Sunday, March 10, 2013

Penguins Game 26 Preview - vs. New York Islanders

New York Islanders

7:00 p.m., CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Last Penguins Game:
March 9, 2013 - Pittsburgh 5, Toronto 4 (SO) [Recap]

Big shootout win from the Penguins last night. Sure, they did give up another lead and probably gave up too many good scoring chances but they got the job done and got out of Canada with two points. I will take that any day of the week.

Both the Penguins and Islanders are getting a quick turnaround after playing yesterday and both picked up wins. As I said before the Penguins got a win over Toronto and the Islanders defeated Washington with five goals.

The Islanders are more than capable of putting the puck in the back of the net as they average nearly three goals per game and have a nice trio of goal scorers in John Tavares, Matt Moulson and Michael Grabner. They are a fast team and have used that speed to already defeat the Penguins earlier this year but the Penguins were able to come back and get a win over the Isles in their last encounter.

Tomas Vokoun will be in net and he is going to try to build off the solid relief outing he has against Philadelphia when the Penguins came back from down 4-1 after one period to beat the Flyers 5-4. Vokoun stopped every shot he faced over the final two periods and looked like the goaltender who was pretty outstanding for the first portion of the year.

Evgeni Malkin will miss the game after he had an upper body injury that forced him to miss the end of the game last night.

Tavares is the real deal. If he played for a team that won hockey games he would be talked about more but since he plays in Long Island you don't hear a ton about him. Dude is the real deal though and can light it up. Grabner might be the fastest skater in the league. Give him a half step and he probably has a good chance at a breakaway. Pens penalty kill needs to be better. The first matchup between these teams the Islanders netted a pair of power play goals but in the second matchup the penalty kill was perfect in seven chances for the Islanders power play.

The Probables:

Pittsburgh (17-8-0)

Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Beau Bennett - ???? - James Neal
Matt Cooke - Brandon Sutter - Tyler Kennedy
Tanner Glass - Dustin Jeffrey - Craig Adams

Brooks Orpik- Paul Martin
Kris Letang - Matt Niskanen
Simon Despres - Deryk Engelland

Tomas Vokoun

NY Islanders (11-11-3) (via Penguins website)

Matt Moulson - John Tavares - Brad Boyes
Josh Bailey - Frans Nielsen - Kyle Okposo
Michael Grabner - Marty Reasoner - David Ullstrom
Matt Martin - Casey Cizikas - Colin McDonald

Andrew MacDonald - Travis Hamonic
Thomas Hickey - Lubomir Visnovsky
Mark Streit - Radek Martinek

Evgeni Nabokov

The Season Series (Tied 1-1-0)

February 5, 2013 - Pittsburgh 4, New York 2

January 29, 2013 - New York 4, Pittsburgh 1

  The Stats:

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