|5||PITTSBURGH||-150||Ov 6,+100||-150||Ov 6,-105|
|6||NY ISLANDERS||+130||Un 6,-120||+130||Un 6,-115|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||12-4-0||+6.6||12-4||+6.6||9-7||3.7||30.7||2.9||30.6|
|Last 5 Games||5-0-0||+5||5-0||+5||0-5||2.6||28.6||1.0||25.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||31||110||36||30||41||3||9||941||11.7%||114||28||24.6%||181|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||16||59||22||16||18||3||7||492||12.0%||60||14||23.3%||94|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||13||3||1||9||0||1||143||9.1%||14||2||14.3%||22|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||12||43||15||9||19||0||3||347||12.4%||49||14||28.6%||73|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||81||19||39||23||0||2||867||9.3%||113||23||20.4%||145|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||46||11||20||15||0||2||489||9.4%||69||14||20.3%||85|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||5||3||2||0||0||0||129||3.9%||14||2||14.3%||10|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||28||9||10||9||0||0||325||8.6%||50||9||18.0%||48|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (All Games)||22||21||555||506||91.2%||1||17-4||+10.6||17-4-0||+11||10-11|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Road Games)||11||10||295||270||91.5%||0||8-2||+5.6||8-2-0||+6||4-6|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (vs. Division)||7||7||163||148||90.8%||1||5-2||+2||5-2-0||+2||3-4|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||97||93||95.9%||1||4-0||+4||4-0-0||+4||0-4|
|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)||12||10||310||280||90.3%||0||6-4||-0.5||6-4-0||-1||7-3|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (Road Games)||7||6||192||173||90.1%||0||4-2||+1||4-2-0||+1||5-1|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (vs. Division)||7||5||162||149||92.0%||0||3-2||-0.5||3-2-0||-1||3-2|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (Last 4 Games)||4||3||109||101||92.7%||0||3-0||+3||3-0-0||+3||2-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||5-12-0||-8.9||5-12||-8.9||11-6||2.6||30.5||3.6||27.9|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.3||2-3||-1.3||4-1||2.4||26.8||3.8||25.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||30||88||18||36||30||4||5||895||9.8%||111||25||22.5%||147|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||17||45||11||17||16||1||2||519||8.7%||76||14||18.4%||80|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||12||4||6||2||0||1||134||9.0%||14||2||14.3%||22|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||11||24||3||13||6||2||1||297||8.1%||44||9||20.5%||41|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||101||23||30||45||3||7||884||11.4%||99||20||20.2%||178|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||61||9||18||32||2||6||475||12.8%||51||13||25.5%||109|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||19||5||3||11||0||1||128||14.8%||12||4||33.3%||34|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||37||9||12||15||1||3||336||11.0%||38||10||26.3%||65|
|RICK DIPIETRO (All Games)||3||3||83||71||85.5%||0||0-3||-3.2||0-3-0||-3||2-1|
|RICK DIPIETRO (Home Games)||1||1||30||25||83.3%||0||0-1||-1.2||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|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)||3||3||83||71||85.5%||0||0-3||-3.2||0-3-0||-3||2-1|
|EVGENI NABOKOV (All Games)||25||25||727||654||90.0%||0||13-12||+1.2||13-12-0||+2||15-10|
|EVGENI NABOKOV (Home Games)||14||14||383||341||89.0%||0||5-9||-5.4||5-9-0||-4||8-6|
|EVGENI NABOKOV (vs. Division)||11||11||322||289||89.8%||0||4-7||-2.2||4-7-0||-2||6-5|
|EVGENI NABOKOV (Last 4 Games)||4||4||87||75||86.2%||0||2-2||-0.3||2-2-0||0||3-1|
|KEVIN POULIN (All Games)||3||2||67||58||86.6%||0||0-2||-2.3||0-2-0||-2||2-0|
|KEVIN POULIN (Home Games)||2||2||56||48||85.7%||0||0-2||-2.3||0-2-0||-2||2-0|
|KEVIN POULIN (vs. Division)||1||0||11||10||90.9%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|KEVIN POULIN (Last 4 Games)||3||2||67||58||86.6%||0||0-2||-2.3||0-2-0||-2||2-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: PITTSBURGH 2.91, NY ISLANDERS 3.19|
|2/24/2013||TAMPA BAY||5-3||W||0, -175||W||6 ov||O|
|2/26/2013||at FLORIDA||4-6||L||0, -155||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/28/2013||at CAROLINA||1-4||L||0, -140||L||5.5 ov||U|
|3/2/2013||at MONTREAL||7-6||W||0, +100||W||5 ov||O|
|3/4/2013||TAMPA BAY||4-3||W||0, -170||W||6 ov||O|
|3/7/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||5-4||W||0, -135||W||6.5 un||O|
|3/9/2013||at TORONTO||5-4||W||0, -140||W||6 un||O|
|3/10/2013||NY ISLANDERS||6-1||W||0, -170||W||6 un||O|
|3/12/2013||BOSTON||3-2||W||0, -130||W||5.5 ov||U|
|3/14/2013||at TORONTO||3-1||W||0, -140||W||6 ov||U|
|3/16/2013||NY RANGERS||3-0||W||0, -165||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/17/2013||BOSTON||2-1||W||0, -135||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/19/2013||WASHINGTON||2-1||W||0, -215||W||6 un||U|
|3/22/2013||at NY ISLANDERS|| |
|3/30/2013||NY ISLANDERS|| |
|2/23/2013||at BUFFALO||4-0||W||0, +105||W||5.5 ov||U|
|2/24/2013||CAROLINA||2-4||L||0, -130||L||5.5 ov||O|
|2/26/2013||BOSTON||1-4||L||0, +135||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/28/2013||TORONTO||4-5||L||0, -140||L||5.5 ev||O|
|3/3/2013||OTTAWA||3-2||W||0, -160||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/5/2013||MONTREAL||6-3||W||0, +100||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/7/2013||NY RANGERS||1-2||L||0, -110||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/9/2013||WASHINGTON||5-2||W||0, -125||W||5.5 ov||O|
|3/10/2013||at PITTSBURGH||1-6||L||0, +150||L||6 un||O|
|3/14/2013||at TAMPA BAY||2-0||W||0, +105||W||6 ov||U|
|3/16/2013||at FLORIDA||4-3||W||0, -125||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/19/2013||OTTAWA||3-5||L||0, -135||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/21/2013||MONTREAL||2-5||L||0, +120||L||5.5 ov||O|
|3/26/2013||at WASHINGTON|| |
|3/28/2013||at PHILADELPHIA|| |
|3/30/2013||at PITTSBURGH|| |
|4/1/2013||at 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 ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Pittsburgh (23-8-0) at New York (13-13-3), 7:00 p.m. EDT
There's a chance that Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin could end his six-game absence Friday night. While the Penguins would undoubtedly love to have Malkin back on the ice, they've already shown they can do just fine without him.
With or without Malkin, the Penguins will try to match the longest win streak in the NHL this season at 11 games when they visit the New York Islanders.
Pittsburgh (23-8-0) has continued to roll despite Malkin's shoulder injury, playing especially well on defense without the reigning league MVP. The Penguins have allowed six goals in their last six games.
They extended their run Tuesday with a 2-1 victory over Washington. Matt Niskanen's tiebreaking goal in the third period made the Penguins the first team with double-digit win streaks in three consecutive seasons.
"The importance is probably greater just because of a shortened season, but I think the good thing for us is that we're playing so many games and I don't think anyone is thinking a whole lot about it, we're just going out there and playing the way that we need to," captain Sidney Crosby said.
Malkin has resumed practicing, but neither he nor coach Dan Bylsma would give a definitive answer on when he might return.
"Every day it's better, but I'm not skating at 100 percent. It's probably soon. It's tough to say," Malkin said Wednesday. "I'm close to playing. I'll try to play Friday, but it's hard to say now. We'll see."
Defenseman Kris Letang, second on the team with 25 assists, is day-to-day with a lower-body injury after sitting out against the Capitals.
The Penguins are looking for their third straight win over the Islanders following three straight losses in the series. Pittsburgh has outscored New York 10-3 in the past two meetings, winning 4-2 in its most recent trip to Long Island on Feb. 5.
Chris Kunitz recorded a hat trick and two assists and Crosby matched a career high with five assists in a 6-1 home win over the Islanders on March 10, the day after Malkin was hurt in a shootout win in Toronto.
The Penguins have won four of their last five visits to Nassau Coliseum and will face a team coming off back-to-back losses, both at home. The Islanders have been outscored 10-5 in those defeats after going 5-1-1 in their first seven games this month.
New York (13-14-3) has given up seven of those 10 goals in the third period, allowing Montreal to score three times in the final 20 minutes of a 5-2 defeat Thursday.
"We got away from our game after playing a good first 40 minutes," center John Tavares said. "We have to understand that we can't come off the gas pedal in the third period."
The Penguins are seeking to match Chicago's 11-game win streak from Feb. 15-March 6, and they're looking to win five straight road games for the first time since a seven-game run Nov. 6-Dec. 11, 2010.
The Islanders are an NHL-worst 5-10-2 at home.
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 3:15:51 AM EST|