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NHL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 12/6/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore



NY ISLANDERS (13-10-0-3, 29 pts.) at PITTSBURGH (11-10-0-5, 27 pts.)
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Thursday, 12/6/2018 7:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
7NY ISLANDERS+165Ov 6.5,-125+175Ov 6.5,-120
8PITTSBURGH-190Un 6.5,+105-210Un 6.5,+100
NY ISLANDERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games13-13-0+4.813-13+4.810-
Team Stats (Road Games)6-7-0+2.66-7+2.65-62.827.83.033.8
Last 5 Games2-3-0-0.62-3-0.60-
vs. Division10-2-0+1210-2+124-83.426.22.333.6
NY ISLANDERS Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)26772623253473210.5%801215.0%127
Team Stats (Road Games)1336111211203629.9%37513.5%60
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)510433001387.2%1100.0%20
Team Stats (vs. Division)12411214123331513.0%37718.9%68
Stats Against (All Games) 75202329388428.9%821923.2%124
Stats Against (Road Games) 39121115154398.9%39820.5%62
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 12146131418.5%11436.4%18
Stats Against (vs. Division) 289811014036.9%37718.9%44
NY ISLANDERS - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
THOMAS GREISS (All Games)171548044492.5%19-6+5.69-6-0+66-9
THOMAS GREISS (Road Games)6416916094.7%03-1+3.83-1-0+51-3
THOMAS GREISS (vs. Division)10932730894.2%18-1+9.78-1-0+102-7
THOMAS GREISS (Last 4 Games)441039592.2%02-2+0.42-2-000-4
ROBIN LEHNER (All Games)121135632591.3%24-7-0.84-7-0-14-5
ROBIN LEHNER (Road Games)9926624190.6%13-6-1.33-6-0-24-3
ROBIN LEHNER (vs. Division)33756789.3%12-1+2.22-1-0+22-1
ROBIN LEHNER (Last 4 Games)431079588.8%10-3-3.10-3-0-30-2

PITTSBURGH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games11-15-0-1311-15-1311-113.432.73.332.7
Team Stats (Home Games)6-8-0-9.26-8-9.25-63.332.23.632.8
Last 5 Games3-2-0+0.33-2+0.33-23.831.03.632.6
vs. Division2-6-0-7.82-6-7.82-42.735.94.031.0
PITTSBURGH Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)26893331232285010.5%731824.7%154
Team Stats (Home Games)1446211771045110.2%39615.4%80
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5198560015512.3%10220.0%31
Team Stats (vs. Division)8221254102877.7%24625.0%41
Stats Against (All Games) 872336235584910.2%751317.3%146
Stats Against (Home Games) 511720122145911.1%41922.0%86
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 184950216311.0%10110.0%31
Stats Against (vs. Division) 321011101324812.9%24416.7%51
PITTSBURGH - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
CASEY DESMITH (All Games)171346743192.3%17-6-2.77-6-0-34-7
CASEY DESMITH (Home Games)11830027892.7%15-3-15-3-0-12-5
CASEY DESMITH (vs. Division)6414813591.2%01-3-3.21-3-0-30-3
CASEY DESMITH (Last 4 Games)4413612591.9%03-1+1.43-1-0+12-2
TRISTAN JARRY (All Games)22625588.7%00-2-2.30-2-0-21-1
TRISTAN JARRY (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
TRISTAN JARRY (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
TRISTAN JARRY (Last 4 Games)22625588.7%00-2-2.30-2-0-21-1
MATT MURRAY (All Games)111131727887.7%04-7-84-7-0-86-3
MATT MURRAY (Home Games)6615813082.3%01-5-8.21-5-0-83-1
MATT MURRAY (vs. Division)44988283.7%01-3-4.71-3-0-52-1
MATT MURRAY (Last 4 Games)44947883.0%00-4-5.80-4-0-52-1
Average power rating of opponents played: NY ISLANDERS 3.01,  PITTSBURGH 3.26
11/10/2018at FLORIDA2-4L0, +160L6 unP
11/13/2018VANCOUVER5-2W0, -175W6 evO
11/15/2018NY RANGERS7-5W0, -130W6 evO
11/18/2018DALLAS2-6L0, +100L5.5 evO
11/21/2018at NY RANGERS0-5L0, -110L6.5 unU
11/23/2018at NEW JERSEY4-3W0, +155W6 evO
11/24/2018CAROLINA4-1W0, +120W6.5 evU
11/26/2018WASHINGTON1-4L0, +105L6.5 unU
11/29/2018at BOSTON1-2L0, +140L5.5 ovU
12/1/2018COLUMBUS3-2W0, +120W6 evU
12/4/2018WINNIPEG1-3L0, +115L6 ovU
12/6/2018at PITTSBURGH 
12/8/2018at DETROIT 
12/17/2018at COLORADO 

11/10/2018ARIZONA4-0W0, -200W6 evU
11/13/2018at NEW JERSEY2-4L0, -130L6 ovP
11/15/2018TAMPA BAY3-4L0, -120L6 ovO
11/17/2018at OTTAWA4-6L0, -145L6 ovO
11/19/2018BUFFALO4-5L0, -170L6 evO
11/21/2018DALLAS5-1W0, -185W6 ovP
11/23/2018at BOSTON1-2L0, -120L6 unU
11/24/2018COLUMBUS4-2W0, -140W6.5 evU
11/27/2018at WINNIPEG4-3W0, +125W6.5 ovO
11/28/2018at COLORADO3-6L0, -110L6.5 ovO
12/1/2018PHILADELPHIA2-4L0, -185L6.5 ovU
12/4/2018COLORADO6-3W0, -145W6 ovO
12/6/2018NY ISLANDERS 
12/8/2018at OTTAWA 
12/10/2018at NY ISLANDERS 
12/12/2018at CHICAGO 
12/15/2018LOS ANGELES 
NY ISLANDERS: LAST SEASON: 35-37-10, 80 points. Seventh in Metropolitan Division.
COACH: Barry Trotz (first season, 20th NHL season).
ADDED: F Leo Komarov, F Valtteri Filppula, F Tom Kuhnhackl, F Jan Kovar, G Robin Lehner, D Luca Sbisa.
LOST: F John Tavares, D Calvin de Haan, G Jaroslav Halak.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Mathew Barzal. The reigning Calder Trophy winner as the league's top rookie will be looked on to fill a bigger role with Tavares' departure. Barzal led the team in scoring last season with 85 points (22 goals, 63 assists). After playing on the second line with Jordan Eberle and fellow youngster Anthony Beauvillier a year ago, Barzal is expected to lead the top line with Beauvillier and Josh Bailey.
OUTLOOK: The Islanders have made just three playoff appearances in the last 11 seasons, missing out by 17 points last season after finishing with 30 losses in their final 45 games (15-24-6). The regression cost general manager Garth Snow and
COACH Doug Weight their jobs, replaced by three-time champion executive Lou Lamoriello as president of hockey operations and Trotz ' who led Washington to the Stanley Cup title. The change in leadership has brought new optimism for the future, though experts expect another playoff miss.
PITTSBURGH: LAST SEASON: 47-29-6, 100 points. Finished second in Metropolitan Division.
LOST to Washington Capitals in Eastern Conference semifinals.
COACH: Mike Sullivan (fourth season, sixth NHL season).
ADDED: D Jack Johnson, C Matt Cullen.
LOST: F Conor Sheary, F Tom Kuhnhackl, D Matt Hunwick, F Carter Rowney.
PLAYER TO WATCH: G Matt Murray. The 24-year-old endured an up and down first season as the franchise's full-time starter. His goals against average (2.92) and save percentage (.907) all took significant dips off his previous two seasons. Having spotty play in front of him didn't help. If Murray can return to the steady form that helped the Penguins to consecutive Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017, Pittsburgh will be a tough out in the postseason.
OUTLOOK: Pittsburgh's bid to become the first team in more than 30 years to "threepeat" ended with a loss to Washington. They opted to tinker than totally retool in the offseason, splurging on Johnson and bringing back the 42-year-old Cullen to provide depth down the middle. With Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin around, the Penguins will always be in the mix. But with the core of Crosby, Malkin, Phil Kessel and Kris Letang all in their early 30s, staying fresh for eight months will be a challenge.
Penguins hope to ride momentum against Islanders

The Pittsburgh Penguins are hoping to hang on tight to what happened early in the third period in their game Tuesday. The New York Islanders are hoping to forget the early part of their most recent third period.

The two teams clash Thursday at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh

Patric Hornqvist proclaimed that the Penguins (11-10-5) reached a turning point for the better Tuesday after he scored a natural hat trick in a span of 2:47 -- a club record for a hat trick -- in the third period of a 6-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

Pittsburgh had taken a 3-0 lead in the first period but gave up three goals in the second. The win broke a two-game losing streak.

"I think our response (Tuesday) night is something that we need to (replicate) moving forward. I don't think we've done it in the past," Penguins winger Zach Aston-Reese said Wednesday. "(It) was a great response from us. I think as a group we'll be able to bottle that up."

Pittsburgh won the Stanley Cup in 2016 and 2017 but has had trouble even remaining in a playoff spot this season. The team is not satisfied with its lack of consistency.

The Penguins are hoping Hornqvist provided the spark and the accurate prediction they needed.

"You have to be able to roll with the punches when you're not having success and find ways to work yourself out of it, and when you do have success you have to keep it in perspective in order to sustain it," Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said. "I think we have a mature group. They've been on both sides of those circumstances. I think the most important thing -- and this is what we talked to the players about -- is just staying in the moment."

The Islanders (13-10-3) are looking down at the Penguins in the standings, but they, too, have been inconsistent. Since a five-game winning streak that ended in early November, they are 5-6-1.

That includes a 2-1 loss Tuesday against Winnipeg when New York took a 1-0 lead, then lost 3-1 when the Jets scored goals 22 seconds apart early in the third period.

The Islanders have been held to a single goal in three of their past five games.

"One goal doesn't do it in this league," center Mathew Barzal said. "We've got to find a way to get on the board, whether that's the power play or five-on-five. (The Jets are) the best team in the league, I'd say. For us to hang in there and push the pace, I thought, for most of it, it stinks not getting any points."

New York coach Barry Trotz agreed, to a point.

"You don't get paid to hang in," Trotz said. "You get paid to win."

It's unclear whether goaltender Robin Lehner will be available for the game Thursday. The Islanders recalled Christopher Gibson to back up Thomas Greiss against the Jets.

"He just tweaked a little something," Trotz said of Lehner. "We didn't put him on IR, there's no need for that. We hope he's good to go in the next day or so."

The Penguins, meanwhile, could be without top-line winger Dominik Simon. He left in the first period of the Colorado game. Sullivan said Simon has a lower-body injury and is day-to-day.

Last Updated: 2/27/2020 12:18:13 PM EST

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