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NHL : ATS Matchup
Saturday 3/30/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



NY ISLANDERS (16-15-0-3, 35 pts.) at PITTSBURGH (27-8-0-0, 54 pts.)
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Saturday, 3/30/2013 1:05 PM
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1NY ISLANDERS+190Ov 5.5,-120+205Ov 5.5,-130
2PITTSBURGH-230Un 5.5,+100-245Un 5.5,+110
NY ISLANDERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games16-18-0-1.916-18-1.920-132.930.43.229.2
Team Stats (Road Games)10-5-0+710-5+79-63.329.53.031.1
Last 5 Games3-2-0+1.33-2+1.32-22.833.22.827.6
vs. Division5-8-0-2.15-8-2.17-52.328.33.430.5
NY ISLANDERS Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)341002238355810349.7%1222621.3%166
Team Stats (Road Games)1550920174444311.3%421126.2%77
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)514535131668.4%1516.7%22
Team Stats (vs. Division)13304158323688.2%51917.6%51
Stats Against (All Games) 1102534483899311.1%1082220.4%193
Stats Against (Road Games) 45161414114679.6%53917.0%77
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 143560113810.1%13430.8%23
Stats Against (vs. Division) 441114181439711.1%421228.6%77
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)292983575490.3%116-13+3.516-13-0+416-12
EVGENI NABOKOV (Road Games)131340236691.0%010-3+910-3-0+88-5
EVGENI NABOKOV (vs. Division)131338234389.8%05-8-2.15-8-0-27-5
EVGENI NABOKOV (Last 4 Games)4410810092.6%13-1+2.33-1-0+21-2
KEVIN POULIN (All Games)32675886.6%00-2-2.30-2-0-22-0
KEVIN POULIN (Road Games)10111090.9%00-000-0-000-0
KEVIN POULIN (vs. Division)10111090.9%00-000-0-000-0
KEVIN POULIN (Last 4 Games)32675886.6%00-2-2.30-2-0-22-0

PITTSBURGH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games27-8-0+14.127-8+14.117-173.530.52.428.2
Team Stats (Home Games)14-4-0+6.514-4+6.58-
Last 5 Games5-0-0+55-0+50-42.632.80.829.8
vs. Division10-4-0+3.410-4+3.46-73.529.12.227.7
PITTSBURGH Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)35121383544410106911.3%1212924.0%201
Team Stats (Home Games)18581617241255210.5%591525.4%100
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)513264111647.9%10220.0%24
Team Stats (vs. Division)14491511221440712.0%541527.8%84
Stats Against (All Games) 84204123029878.5%1222419.7%151
Stats Against (Home Games) 368208004637.8%511019.6%62
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 4130001492.7%14214.3%8
Stats Against (vs. Division) 3110129003888.0%531018.9%54
PITTSBURGH - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (All Games)242360855891.8%119-4+12.619-4-0+1310-13
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Home Games)131331328892.0%111-2+711-2-0+76-7
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (vs. Division)8819117591.6%16-2+36-2-0+33-5
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Last 4 Games)4410510398.1%14-0+44-0-0+40-4
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)151237734591.5%18-4+1.58-4-0+17-4
TOMAS VOKOUN (Home Games)7515013992.7%13-2-0.53-2-0-12-3
TOMAS VOKOUN (vs. Division)8619718292.4%04-2+0.54-2-003-2
TOMAS VOKOUN (Last 4 Games)43999697.0%13-0+33-0-0+30-2
Average power rating of opponents played: NY ISLANDERS 3.17,  PITTSBURGH 2.95
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 PITTSBURGH1-6L0, +150L6 unO
3/14/2013at TAMPA BAY2-0W0, +105W6 ovU
3/16/2013at FLORIDA4-3W0, -125W5.5 unO
3/19/2013OTTAWA3-5L0, -135L5.5 unO
3/21/2013MONTREAL2-5L0, +120L5.5 ovO
3/22/2013PITTSBURGH2-4L0, +145L6 unP
3/24/2013FLORIDA3-0W0, -200W5.5 evU
3/26/2013at WASHINGTON3-2W0, +120W5.5 unU
3/28/2013at PHILADELPHIA4-3W0, +115W5.5 ovO
3/30/2013at PITTSBURGH 
4/1/2013at NEW JERSEY 
4/4/2013at WASHINGTON 
4/6/2013TAMPA BAY 

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 ISLANDERS6-1W0, -170W6 unO
3/12/2013BOSTON3-2W0, -130W5.5 ovU
3/14/2013at TORONTO3-1W0, -140W6 ovU
3/16/2013NY RANGERS3-0W0, -165W5.5 unU
3/17/2013BOSTON2-1W0, -135W5.5 unU
3/19/2013WASHINGTON2-1W0, -215W6 unU
3/22/2013at NY ISLANDERS4-2W0, -165W6 unP
3/24/2013PHILADELPHIA2-1W0, -200W6 ovU
3/26/2013MONTREAL1-0W0, -155W5.5 evU
3/28/2013WINNIPEG4-0W0, -200W5.5 ovU
3/30/2013NY ISLANDERS 
4/3/2013at NY RANGERS 
4/5/2013NY RANGERS 
4/9/2013at CAROLINA 

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 Iginla expected to debut)

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


New York (16-15-3) at Pittsburgh (27-8-0), 1:00 p.m. EDT

Whether they're adding player after player to an already star-laden roster or notching another victory during their impressive winning streak, the Pittsburgh Penguins have been making headlines for most of March.

Sidney Crosby believes none of it will matter in the grand scheme of things, though, unless Pittsburgh hoists the Stanley Cup.

With newly acquired Jarome Iginla expected to make his debut, Pittsburgh seeks a franchise-record 12th straight home victory and 15th in a row overall Saturday against the surging New York Islanders in a possible first-round playoff preview.

"I think everyone knows there are a ton of teams that have been (considered the favorite) that haven't panned out," Crosby said. "That's not a team that we want to be."

The Penguins (27-8-0) surely have enjoyed their lengthy overall winning streak that is now three victories shy of the franchise record set in 1993, but they haven't taken their focus off their ultimate goal.

"I don't think anyone is going to remember (the streak) come playoff time," Crosby said after Thursday's 4-0 home win over Winnipeg.

The Penguins' star power, though, could trump any upstart hoping to knock them off. Crosby is a favorite to win the Hart Trophy, leading the league with 41 assists and 56 points. Reigning MVP Evgeni Malkin wasted little time contributing in his return from a nine-game absence due to an upper-body injury, netting a goal Thursday.

Crosby is joined on the NHL's highest-scoring line by Chris Kunitz, who has a team-high 20 goals along with 24 assists, and Pascal Dupuis, who scored his 16th and 17th goals Thursday.

And just for good measure, general manager Ray Shero acquired longtime Dallas captain Brenden Morrow on Sunday, traded for San Jose defenseman Douglas Murray on Monday and got Iginla from Calgary late Wednesday - all without giving up a single player on the current roster.

With all the new pieces, developing chemistry becomes an issue, though coach Dan Bylsma likely will keep the Dupuis-Crosby-Kunitz line intact even with Iginla finally on the ice. Immigration issues had kept him from joining the club, but the team reported late Friday that his petition had been approved.

Pittsburgh's official Twitter account said the six-time All-Star will be in uniform and play in this game, reportedly on a line with Malkin and James Neal.

The Penguins first face an Islanders team that has been victimized twice during the winning streak.

"Obviously, they're making headlines and they're really going for it," Islanders center John Tavares said. "That's what some teams do this time of year, so we'll be ready for it."

New York fell to Pittsburgh 6-1 on March 10 before a 4-2 defeat last Friday, though it is making a push for its first postseason appearance since 2007.

The Islanders (16-15-3) have won three straight, moving into a tie with the New York Rangers for the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot.

Thursday's 4-3 shootout victory at Philadelphia saw them overcome an early two-goal deficit and go on to win despite allowing the tying goal with 30 seconds left in regulation.

"It's a good character win," coach Jack Capuano said. "We didn't quit and we'll take the two points."

Tavares netted his team-best 21st goal and has scored in three consecutive games for the Islanders, who have won four straight on the road to improve to 10-4-1 in such contests. They're just 6-11-2 at home.

Pittsburgh is 14-4-0 at Consol Energy Center, but New York is one of the few teams to win there this season - 4-1 on Jan. 29.

Evgeni Nabokov made 37 saves in that contest but has a 4.16 goals-against average in losing the other three meetings. He has a 2.13 GAA in 16 career starts versus the Penguins, who likely will counter with Tomas Vokoun in net as Marc-Andre Fleury battles an undisclosed injury.

Vokoun is 5-0-0 with a 1.67 GAA over his last seven appearances - five starts - including a pair of wins over the Islanders.

Last Updated: 4/23/2018 8:05:32 PM EST

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