|51||PITTSBURGH||-140||Ov 5.5,-130||-140||Ov 5.5,-130|
|52||NY ISLANDERS||+120||Un 5.5,+110||+120||Un 5.5,+110|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||5-1-0||+3.6||5-1||+3.6||3-3||3.7||31.7||2.0||29.5|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+2||4-1||+2||2-3||3.4||31.4||1.8||24.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||9||30||12||7||10||1||3||288||10.4%||34||8||23.5%||47|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||6||22||11||4||6||1||3||190||11.6%||23||7||30.4%||34|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||17||4||5||7||1||1||157||10.8%||20||3||15.0%||28|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||5||18||6||3||9||0||2||163||11.0%||20||5||25.0%||29|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||22||3||13||6||0||1||241||9.1%||33||6||18.2%||36|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||12||2||6||4||0||1||177||6.8%||21||3||14.3%||20|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||9||2||6||1||0||0||124||7.3%||14||3||21.4%||15|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||9||2||5||2||0||0||129||7.0%||17||3||17.6%||15|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (All Games)||5||5||116||104||89.7%||0||3-2||-1||3-2-0||-1||2-3|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Road Games)||2||2||59||57||96.6%||0||2-0||+2||2-0-0||+2||0-2|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (vs. Division)||3||3||60||54||90.0%||0||2-1||0||2-1-0||0||1-2|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||89||78||87.6%||0||2-2||-2||2-2-0||-2||2-2|
|BRAD THIESSEN (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|BRAD THIESSEN (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|BRAD THIESSEN (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (All Games)||5||4||124||115||92.7%||0||3-1||+1.6||3-1-0||+2||3-1|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (Road Games)||4||4||117||108||92.3%||0||3-1||+1.6||3-1-0||+2||3-1|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (vs. Division)||3||2||69||66||95.7%||0||2-0||+2||2-0-0||+2||1-1|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (Last 4 Games)||4||3||90||84||93.3%||0||2-1||+0.6||2-1-0||+1||2-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||1-2-0||-1.3||1-2||-1.3||1-2||1.7||28.3||2.7||27.0|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-0.4||2-3||-0.4||3-2||3.0||26.4||3.4||31.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||8||27||5||11||10||1||1||229||11.8%||31||9||29.0%||42|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||3||5||0||3||2||0||0||85||5.9%||18||2||11.1%||9|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||4||6||4||1||0||132||11.4%||18||6||33.3%||24|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||4||10||2||5||2||1||0||100||10.0%||17||6||35.3%||18|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||26||5||6||14||1||1||256||10.2%||28||2||7.1%||47|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||8||0||1||7||0||1||81||9.9%||8||1||12.5%||15|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||17||2||5||9||1||1||159||10.7%||18||2||11.1%||30|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||10||0||4||6||0||1||125||8.0%||13||1||7.7%||18|
|RICK DIPIETRO (All Games)||1||1||27||23||85.2%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|RICK DIPIETRO (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|RICK DIPIETRO (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|RICK DIPIETRO (Last 4 Games)||1||1||27||23||85.2%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|EVGENI NABOKOV (All Games)||7||7||228||207||90.8%||0||4-3||+1.6||4-3-0||+2||4-3|
|EVGENI NABOKOV (Home Games)||3||3||80||73||91.2%||0||1-2||-1.3||1-2-0||-1||1-2|
|EVGENI NABOKOV (vs. Division)||4||4||124||115||92.7%||0||2-2||+0.6||2-2-0||+1||1-3|
|EVGENI NABOKOV (Last 4 Games)||4||4||131||119||90.8%||0||2-2||+0.6||2-2-0||+1||2-2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: PITTSBURGH 2.91, NY ISLANDERS 3.33|
|1/19/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||3-1||W||0, -125||W||6 ov||U|
|1/20/2013||at NY RANGERS||6-3||W||0, -105||W||5.5 un||O|
|1/23/2013||TORONTO||2-5||L||0, -200||L||6 un||O|
|1/25/2013||at WINNIPEG||2-4||L||0, -140||L||5.5 ov||O|
|1/27/2013||at OTTAWA||2-1||W||0, -110||W||5.5 ov||U|
|1/29/2013||NY ISLANDERS||1-4||L||0, -200||L||5.5 ov||U|
|1/31/2013||at NY RANGERS||3-0||W||0, +100||W|| ||U|
|2/2/2013||NEW JERSEY||5-1||W||0, -145||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/3/2013||at WASHINGTON||6-3||W||0, -130||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/5/2013||at NY ISLANDERS|| |
|2/9/2013||at NEW JERSEY|| |
|2/10/2013||NEW JERSEY|| |
|2/15/2013||at WINNIPEG|| |
|1/19/2013||NEW JERSEY||1-2||L||0, -105||L||5 ov||U|
|1/21/2013||TAMPA BAY||4-3||W||0, -115||W||5.5 ov||O|
|1/24/2013||at TORONTO||7-4||W||0, -115||W||5.5 ev||O|
|1/25/2013||at BOSTON||2-4||L||0, +160||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/27/2013||at WINNIPEG||4-5||L||0, +115||L||5.5 ov||O|
|1/29/2013||at PITTSBURGH||4-1||W||0, +170||W||5.5 ov||U|
|1/31/2013||at NEW JERSEY||5-4||W||0, +120||W||5 ov||O|
|2/3/2013||NEW JERSEY||0-3||L||0, -125||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/7/2013||at NY RANGERS|| |
|2/14/2013||at NY RANGERS|| |
|2/16/2013||NEW JERSEY|| |
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.
|NY ISLANDERS: |
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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (PITTSBURGH-NY ISLANDERS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Penguins-Islanders Preview* ============================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Pittsburgh (6-3-0) at New York (4-3-1), 7:00 p.m. EDT
While the Pittsburgh Penguins dominated the New York Islanders for the better part of five seasons, they haven't been able to keep up of late.
The surging Penguins try to avenge last week's loss to the Islanders as these clubs meet again Tuesday night at Nassau Coliseum.
Pittsburgh (6-3-0) had compiled a 23-4-2 record against New York (4-3-1) before suffering a pair of 5-3 defeats to close last season's series. The Islanders continued their recent success over the Penguins last Tuesday, cruising to a 4-1 victory at Consol Energy Center behind Evgeni Nabokov's 37 saves.
"The Islanders are maybe not (a team) that people focus on but they have talented players and they've been working hard and playing well. ... If we needed to learn that lesson, we definitely could have learned it with last game," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said.
"We know what happened last time they played us, and it wasn't a good game - they mopped us up. We'll be going into their building in an Atlantic Division game knowing that it's an important game."
New York hasn't posted four consecutive wins over Pittsburgh since a five-game run spanning the 1985-86 and 1986-87 seasons. Picking up another two points, however, could prove difficult given the Penguins' the road.
Bylsma's club has outscored opponents 21-12 in opening 5-1-0 as the visiting team, its best start since winning its first seven road games in 2009-10.
"When a team like that gets going, you better be prepared cause they're gonna come in hard and they've got some talent and skill on their roster," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said.
Pittsburgh is coming off its third consecutive victory overall, 6-3 at Washington on Sunday. Chris Kunitz led the way with his third career hat trick and was later credited for a career-best fourth goal on a scoring change the following day. Sidney Crosby notched a season-best three assists.
"I'm just trying to put the puck on net," Kunitz told the team's official website. "We're worried about the two points and getting our team headed in the right direction. No one cares about that other stuff."
While Tomas Vokoun made 21 saves against the Capitals, Marc-Andre Fleury, who's compiled a 0.96 goals-against average in winning both his road starts, could play Tuesday. The All-Star goaltender has posted a 5.63 GAA while starting the last three games in this series, but he's 17-7-3 against New York since 2005-06.
The Islanders fell 3-0 to New Jersey in the back end of a home-and-home set Sunday. Nabokov stopped 24 of 26 shots but New York, which allowed all three goals with under four minutes left in the game, went 0 for 7 on the power play.
"We were just uncharacteristic on things we were doing," Capuano said. "We had zone time, we had entry, but we got in there and it was - we slowed it down, we didn't make it tough on them, we didn't get shots to the net, we didn't have any net presence like we've had in the past.
"We gotta be better at it. To me, it's about work ethic."
Nabokov is 10-2-0 with a 1.70 GAA and two shutouts against Pittsburgh, allowing two or fewer goals in nine straight matchups.
Despite tallying just one assist during the Penguins' skid in this series, Crosby has 20 goals and 67 points in 37 career games versus New York - his most against any opponent. Pittsburgh is 16-2-0 against the Islanders when Crosby has at least two points.
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 2:27:11 PM EST|