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NHL : ATS Matchup
Sunday 3/10/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



NY ISLANDERS (11-11-0-3, 25 pts.) at PITTSBURGH (17-8-0-0, 34 pts.)
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Sunday, 3/10/2013 7:05 PM
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7NY ISLANDERS+175Ov 5.5,-140+170Ov 5.5,-140
8PITTSBURGH-210Un 5.5,+120-200Un 5.5,+120
NY ISLANDERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games11-14-0-2.911-14-2.915-
Team Stats (Road Games)6-4-0+3.66-4+3.66-43.629.83.133.3
Last 5 Games3-2-0+0.53-2+0.53-23.831.82.830.4
vs. Division4-6-0-1.34-6-1.35-52.327.33.130.8
NY ISLANDERS Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)25761430284476110.0%972323.7%125
Team Stats (Road Games)1036516123229812.1%311032.3%54
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5194591215911.9%16425.0%31
Team Stats (vs. Division)10233126212738.4%41922.0%39
Stats Against (All Games) 821827343675610.8%871618.4%144
Stats Against (Road Games) 3111109113339.3%41512.2%52
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 14264201529.2%14535.7%26
Stats Against (vs. Division) 31610141330810.1%34823.5%54
NY ISLANDERS - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
RICK DIPIETRO (All Games)33837185.5%00-3-3.20-3-0-32-1
RICK DIPIETRO (Road Games)22534686.8%00-2-20-2-0-21-1
RICK DIPIETRO (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
RICK DIPIETRO (Last 4 Games)33837185.5%00-3-3.20-3-0-32-1
EVGENI NABOKOV (All Games)212164057990.5%011-10+1.511-10-0+212-9
EVGENI NABOKOV (Road Games)8827925691.8%06-2+5.66-2-0+55-3
EVGENI NABOKOV (vs. Division)101030527790.8%04-6-1.34-6-0-15-5
EVGENI NABOKOV (Last 4 Games)4412411592.7%03-1+1.93-1-0+22-2
KEVIN POULIN (All Games)11272488.9%00-1-1.30-1-0-11-0
KEVIN POULIN (Road Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
KEVIN POULIN (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
KEVIN POULIN (Last 4 Games)11272488.9%00-1-1.30-1-0-11-0

PITTSBURGH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games17-8-0+4.117-8+4.116-93.630.83.028.6
Team Stats (Home Games)6-4-0-1.56-4-1.57-33.530.63.025.4
Last 5 Games4-1-0+2.64-1+2.64-14.431.64.230.8
vs. Division6-4-0-0.66-4-0.65-53.429.22.727.8
PITTSBURGH Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)25913027313877011.8%962425.0%148
Team Stats (Home Games)1035811160230611.4%391025.6%58
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5227762215813.9%17211.8%35
Team Stats (vs. Division)1034117160329211.6%421126.2%56
Stats Against (All Games) 751636230271410.5%962121.9%133
Stats Against (Home Games) 3051780025411.8%30723.3%50
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 2171040015413.6%16425.0%40
Stats Against (vs. Division) 27999002789.7%45920.0%46
PITTSBURGH - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (All Games)181745841390.2%013-4+6.613-4-0+710-7
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Home Games)8819217189.1%06-2+26-2-0+26-2
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (vs. Division)6614012589.3%04-2+14-2-0+13-3
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Last 4 Games)441018685.1%03-1+1.63-1-0+23-1
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)10825422689.0%04-4-2.44-4-0-36-2
TOMAS VOKOUN (Home Games)32625385.5%00-2-3.50-2-0-41-1
TOMAS VOKOUN (vs. Division)6413812691.3%02-2-1.52-2-0-22-2
TOMAS VOKOUN (Last 4 Games)431079185.0%01-2-2.41-2-0-33-0
Average power rating of opponents played: NY ISLANDERS 3.13,  PITTSBURGH 2.86
2/11/2013CAROLINA4-6L0, -115L5.5 ovO
2/14/2013at NY RANGERS4-3W0, +135W5.5 unO
2/16/2013NEW JERSEY5-1W0, -105W5.5 unO
2/18/2013PHILADELPHIA0-7L0, -110L5.5 ovO
2/19/2013at OTTAWA1-3L0, +105L5.5 unU
2/21/2013at MONTREAL4-3W0, +130W5.5 unO
2/23/2013at BUFFALO4-0W0, +105W5.5 ovU
2/24/2013CAROLINA2-4L0, -130L5.5 ovO
2/26/2013BOSTON1-4L0, +135L5.5 unU
2/28/2013TORONTO4-5L0, -140L5.5 evO
3/3/2013OTTAWA3-2W0, -160W5.5 unU
3/5/2013MONTREAL6-3W0, +100W5.5 unO
3/7/2013NY RANGERS1-2L0, -110L5.5 unU
3/9/2013WASHINGTON5-2W0, -125W5.5 ovO
3/10/2013at PITTSBURGH 
3/14/2013at TAMPA BAY 
3/16/2013at FLORIDA 

2/13/2013OTTAWA4-2W0, -185W5.5 unO
2/15/2013at WINNIPEG3-1W0, -150W5.5 ovU
2/17/2013at BUFFALO4-3W0, -135W5.5 ovO
2/20/2013PHILADELPHIA5-6L0, -185L5.5 ovO
2/22/2013FLORIDA3-1W0, -250W5.5 ovU
2/24/2013TAMPA BAY5-3W0, -175W6 ovO
2/26/2013at FLORIDA4-6L0, -155L5.5 unO
2/28/2013at CAROLINA1-4L0, -140L5.5 ovU
3/2/2013at MONTREAL7-6W0, +100W5 ovO
3/4/2013TAMPA BAY4-3W0, -170W6 ovO
3/7/2013at PHILADELPHIA5-4W0, -135W6.5 unO
3/9/2013at TORONTO5-4W0, -140W6 unO
3/10/2013NY ISLANDERS 
3/14/2013at TORONTO 
3/16/2013NY RANGERS 

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) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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


New York (10-11-3) at Pittsburgh (16-8-0), 7:00 p.m. EDT

Sidney Crosby's NHL-leading scoring production is a big reason why the Pittsburgh Penguins are among the best teams in the Eastern Conference.

John Tavares' impact has the New York Islanders unexpectedly battling for a playoff spot.

Crosby looks to continue his dominance of the Islanders when these Atlantic Division rivals meet in Pittsburgh on Sunday night.

Crosby leads the league with 40 points, getting 15 over the past seven games with the Penguins (17-8-0) winning five. The superstar center made his presence felt again Saturday, scoring a goal before netting the decisive shootout attempt in a 5-4 victory at Toronto.

"I thought we played a really good game," Crosby said. "I thought we did some really good things."

That tends to be the case for Crosby versus the Islanders (11-11-3). His 68 points in 38 meetings is his highest production against any opponent, and he's managed 21 points in the past nine home matchups.

Crosby got an assist in the most recent meeting Feb. 5, setting up James Neal's goal in a 4-2 road victory.

Neal has found the net once in each of the past three games entering this matchup.

Continuing that production may be vital if Evgeni Malkin is unable to play after he was held out of overtime and the shootout against the Maple Leafs following a third-period hit from James van Riemsdyk.

Malkin has 24 points after leading the NHL with 109 and winning the Hart Trophy last season.

Tavares is among the NHL's scoring leaders with 16 goals and 29 points, and that's been key to the Islanders sitting one point back of the New York Rangers for the eighth and final postseason position. They haven't reached the playoffs in five seasons, but winning three of four (3-0-1) has them feeling good.

"We are moving in the right direction," coach Jack Capuano said following Saturday's 5-2 victory over Washington.

Tavares came up big Saturday, scoring twice on the power play - including the 100th goal of his career - as part of New York's three unanswered tallies in the third period.

"Sure, it feels great," Tavares said. "It was nice to come through in a big way. We just have to keep working. Our momentum is good."

It's no surprise that the Islanders' success is tied directly to Tavares' production. They are 10-4-1 when he records a point and 1-7-2 when he doesn't.

He has struggled greatly against the Penguins, tallying only one point in the past nine meetings - a goal in a 4-1 road victory on Jan. 29. Tavares was held scoreless in a 4-2 home loss on Feb. 5.

Matt Moulson, who set up one of Tavares' goals Saturday, has been much better recently against Pittsburgh, scoring one goal and assisting on two others this season.

The left wing isn't far behind Tavares with 26 points, and four have come in the past two road games.

Evgeni Nabokov has been in net for every minute during New York's 3-0-1 surge, posting a 2.20 goals-against average. Although he's 10-3-0 with a 1.80 GAA lifetime against the Penguins, he could be on the bench in favor of Kevin Poulin with games on back-to-back nights.

Poulin stopped 30 shots in his only appearance against Pittsburgh, a 1-0 road loss on Jan. 25, 2011.

Last Updated: 5/23/2018 9:49:28 AM EST

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