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NHL : ATS Matchup
Tuesday 1/29/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



NY ISLANDERS (2-2-0-1, 5 pts.) at PITTSBURGH (3-2-0-0, 6 pts.)
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Tuesday, 1/29/2013 7:35 PM
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7NY ISLANDERS+180Ov 5.5,-140+170Ov 6,+100
8PITTSBURGH-215Un 5.5,+120-200Un 6,-120
NY ISLANDERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games2-3-0-12-3-14-13.629.63.631.8
Team Stats (Road Games)1-2-0-11-2-13-04.328.34.335.0
Last 5 Games2-3-0-12-3-14-13.629.63.631.8
vs. Division0-1-0-10-1-10-
NY ISLANDERS Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)5183690114812.2%18422.2%26
Team Stats (Road Games)313337018515.3%7228.6%17
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5183690114812.2%18422.2%26
Team Stats (vs. Division)1100100195.3%4125.0%2
Stats Against (All Games) 185391015911.3%1715.9%33
Stats Against (Road Games) 135251010512.4%1218.3%23
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 185391015911.3%1715.9%33
Stats Against (vs. Division) 201100287.1%200.0%4
NY ISLANDERS - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
RICK DIPIETRO (All Games)11272385.2%00-1-10-1-0-11-0
RICK DIPIETRO (Road Games)11272385.2%00-1-10-1-0-11-0
RICK DIPIETRO (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
RICK DIPIETRO (Last 4 Games)11272385.2%00-1-10-1-0-11-0
EVGENI NABOKOV (All Games)4413211889.4%02-2-0.12-2-003-1
EVGENI NABOKOV (Road Games)22786988.5%01-101-1-002-0
EVGENI NABOKOV (vs. Division)11282692.9%00-1-10-1-0-10-1
EVGENI NABOKOV (Last 4 Games)4413211889.4%02-2-0.12-2-003-1

PITTSBURGH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games3-2-0-0.43-2-0.43-
Team Stats (Home Games)0-1-0-20-1-21-
Last 5 Games3-2-0-0.43-2-0.43-
vs. Division2-0-0+22-0+21-14.533.02.030.5
PITTSBURGH Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)515923131659.1%19526.3%20
Team Stats (Home Games)1211000306.7%5120.0%3
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)515923131659.1%19526.3%20
Team Stats (vs. Division)29513026613.6%8450.0%13
Stats Against (All Games) 14185011499.4%21314.3%23
Stats Against (Home Games) 5032002420.8%8112.5%8
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 14185011499.4%21314.3%23
Stats Against (vs. Division) 411200616.6%9111.1%7
PITTSBURGH - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (All Games)33837691.6%02-102-1-001-2
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Home Games)11241979.2%00-1-20-1-0-21-0
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (vs. Division)11272696.3%01-0+11-0-0+10-1
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Last 4 Games)33837691.6%02-102-1-001-2
BRAD THIESSEN (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
BRAD THIESSEN (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
BRAD THIESSEN (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
TOMAS VOKOUN (All Games)22655990.8%01-1-0.41-1-002-0
TOMAS VOKOUN (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
TOMAS VOKOUN (vs. Division)11343191.2%01-0+11-0-0+11-0
TOMAS VOKOUN (Last 4 Games)22655990.8%01-1-0.41-1-002-0
Average power rating of opponents played: NY ISLANDERS 3.17,  PITTSBURGH 2.89
1/19/2013NEW JERSEY1-2L0, -105L5 ovU
1/21/2013TAMPA BAY4-3W0, -115W5.5 ovO
1/24/2013at TORONTO7-4W0, -115W5.5 evO
1/25/2013at BOSTON2-4L0, +160L5.5 unO
1/27/2013at WINNIPEG4-5L0, +115L5.5 ovO
1/29/2013at PITTSBURGH 
1/31/2013at NEW JERSEY 
2/3/2013NEW JERSEY 
2/7/2013at NY RANGERS 

1/19/2013at PHILADELPHIA3-1W0, -125W6 ovU
1/20/2013at NY RANGERS6-3W0, -105W5.5 unO
1/23/2013TORONTO2-5L0, -200L6 unO
1/25/2013at WINNIPEG2-4L0, -140L5.5 ovO
1/27/2013at OTTAWA2-1W0, -110W5.5 ovU
1/29/2013NY ISLANDERS 
1/31/2013at NY RANGERS 
2/2/2013NEW JERSEY 
2/3/2013at WASHINGTON 
2/5/2013at NY ISLANDERS 
2/9/2013at NEW JERSEY 

LAST SEASON: 34-37-7, 79 points. Missed the playoffs by finishing 14th in the Eastern Conference.

COACH: Jack Capuano, 3rd season with Islanders, 60-66-21; 3rd overall in NHL.

ADDED: D Lubomir Visnovsky, D Matt Carkner, RW Brad Boyes, LW Eric Boulton, D Radek Martinek.

LOST: RW P.A. Parenteau, G Al Montoya, C Micheal Haley.

PLAYER TO WATCH: John Tavares. Fresh off his first 30-goal season in the NHL, the 22-year-old center is already establishing himself as a star heading into his fourth year with the Islanders. Tavares has increased his goal and point totals each season, topping out at 31 goals and 81 points in 2011-12 while playing in all 82 games.

OUTLOOK: With veteran goalie Evgeni Nabokov behind them, the Islanders could surprise some people in a short season. With young talent up front, led by Tavares, the up-and-coming club could hang around and perhaps sneak into a playoff spot in the sprint to the finish.


LAST SEASON: 51-25-6, 108 points. Lost to Philadelphia 4-2 in first round.

COACH: Dan Bylsma, 5th season with Penguins, 165-81-25.

ADDED: C Brandon Sutter, G Tomas Vokoun, LW Tanner Glass.

LOST: C Jordan Staal, RW Steve Sullivan, G Brent Johnson, RW Arron Asham, D Zbynek Michalek.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Sidney Crosby. The 25-year-old superstar appears to be fully recovered from concussion-like symptoms that limited him to just 22 games last season. He should be back in his comfort zone with linemates Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz along for the ride. If healthy, he's the game's greatest playmaker.

OUTLOOK: With Crosby and reigning league MVP Evgeni Malkin in their primes, anything less than a Stanley Cup will be considered a disappointment.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (NY ISLANDERS-PITTSBURGH) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

(Updates with Niskanen out 2 to 4 weeks)

*Islanders-Penguins Preview* ============================


New York (2-2-1) at Pittsburgh (3-2-0), 7:30 p.m. EDT

The Pittsburgh Penguins are one of two Eastern Conference teams without a home win, but they've only had one opportunity to take the ice at Consol Energy Center.

They have to like their chances in their second.

The Penguins look for a 14th win in the last 15 visits from the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.

Pittsburgh (3-2-0) played four of its first five away from home, and won for a third time on the road with a 2-1 shootout victory over Ottawa on Sunday. James Neal scored the Penguins' lone goal in the first period, but he, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin beat Craig Anderson in the shootout.

"It was a little sloppy at times, but you've got to win them like that," said Neal, who has scored all of his team-high four goals in the Penguins' victories. "It's going to be like that at times this year."

The team's sloppiest performance thus far, though, came in a 5-2 home loss to Toronto on Wednesday. The Penguins took 31 minutes in penalties - nearly half of their season total - and allowed each goal in the final two periods.

Pittsburgh has scored first in all five games, and led 2-0 in the first period at Winnipeg on Friday on a pair of Crosby goals before falling 4-2.

Two days after the Penguins blew a two-goal lead in Winnipeg, the Islanders (2-2-1) did the same.

New York's loss may have been a bit more difficult to swallow. The Islanders scored three times in the first 10 minutes of the third period to take a 4-2 lead, but allowed the Jets to tie it before Evander Kane gave Winnipeg a 5-4 win in overtime.

"We just have to regroup and get better," goaltender Evgeni Nabokov said. "We've got to move on. I thought that in the third period we came out with a little bit of intensity. It felt like we could take it to them, and we did, actually. But we need 60 minutes of effort from (all) the guys on the ice."

The Islanders haven't given 60 minutes of good effort very often at Pittsburgh, but they did win in their most recent trip. New York snapped a 13-game skid there with a 5-3 victory March 27 despite being outshot 54-25.

Nabokov, who has a 3.49 goals-against average in four starts this season, left that game after two periods with an injury, but he's had the Penguins' number in recent years. Nabokov is 4-1-0 with a 1.38 GAA in his last six starts against Pittsburgh, three of which came with San Jose.

If the Islanders want to win again in Pittsburgh, some production from John Tavares wouldn't hurt. The team's scoring leader in 2013 with seven points, Tavares has played seven straight games against the Penguins without recording a point.

Crosby failed to get a point as Pittsburgh lost the last two meetings with New York last season. He recorded 20 as the Penguins went 6-0-1 in the previous seven matchups.

Pittsburgh is 13-0-2 against the Islanders when Crosby scores a goal.

Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen missed the team's two losses against New York last season, and they'll now be without him for a while. Niskanen is expected to miss two to four weeks after suffering a lower-body injury as the result of a hard slide into the boards in Ottawa.

Last Updated: 5/26/2018 7:00:40 AM EST

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