Preview: Pittsburgh at NY Islanders

When: 7:00 PM  ET, Saturday, November 22, 2014
Where: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York
Matchup Edge
PIT Edge in: NYI
Offense
Defense
Power Play
Penalty Kill
Face Offs
Discipline
Goaltending


The New York Islanders can earn a share of the Metropolitan Division lead with a regulation win when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday to close a home-and-home series. Pittsburgh has been the best road team in the league with a 7-1-1 away record to start the season. New York defeated the Penguins 5-4 in a shootout at Pittsburgh on Friday and the Islanders enter a three-game homestand with seven wins in their last eight contests.

Pittsburgh’s defense looked very vulnerable in Friday’s shootout loss, with Robert Bortuzzo leaving Ryan Strome alone in front of the net for a deflection goal and Nikolay Kulemin burning both Rob Scuderi and Kris Letang for his tally. Despite these lapses, the Penguins are among the leaders in fewest goals allowed, while New York is second in the division behind Pittsburgh with 64 tallies. The Islanders had the lone man-advantage Friday - an unusual occurrence for teams with a recent history of physical incidents against one another.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, City, ROOT (Pittsburgh), MSG Plus (New York)

ABOUT THE PENGUINS (13-3-2): Backup goaltender Thomas Greiss will start Saturday’s contest after Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves Friday. Defenseman Simon Despres was a healthy scratch Friday as Bortuzzo took his place in the lineup. Blake Comeau scored in his first game replacing Pascal Dupuis on Pittsburgh’s top line.

ABOUT THE ISLANDERS (13-6-0):
Jaroslav Halak should be back in net Saturday after Chad Johnson started Friday. Michael Grabner traveled to Pittsburgh with the team but did not play Friday as he recovers from surgery to repair a sports hernia. Strome recorded his first career three-point game Friday with a goal and two assists and has 15 points in 19 games in his second season.

OVERTIME

1. Crosby has 85 points in 47 career meetings with the Islanders but was held off the scoresheet Friday.

2. Islanders F Matt Martin scored his first goal since April 1 on Friday. Martin has 25 goals and 471 penalty minutes in 299 career games.

3. The Penguins and the Islanders are even in their season series at one victory apiece and are scheduled to meet twice more after Saturday.

PREDICTION: Penguins 3, Islanders 2

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Pittsburgh 13-3-1-1 L1 6-2-0-1 7-1-1-0 0-0-0-0 13-3-1-1 3-2-0-1
NY Islanders 13-6-0-0 W2 5-2-0-0 8-4-0-0 0-0-0-0 13-6-0-0 ---

Last Meeting

Pittsburgh NY Islanders
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
11/21/14 NYI 5 PIT 4 30 31 0-0 35 26 0-1

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
PIT P. Hornqvist 2
NYI R. Strome 3
Goals Player  
PIT B. Comeau 1
NYI N. Kulemin 1
Assists Player  
PIT E. Malkin 2
NYI R. Strome 2
Saves Player  
PIT M. Fleury 31
NYI C. Johnson 26
Season
Total Points Player  
PIT S. Crosby 26
NYI B. Nelson 18
Goals Player  
PIT P. Hornqvist 10
NYI B. Nelson 9
Assists Player  
PIT S. Crosby 18
NYI K. Okposo 13
Saves Player  
PIT M. Fleury 401
NYI J. Halak 320

Quickchart Matchup

Pittsburgh Off vs  NY Islanders Def
3.67 GF
2.95 GA
31.8 Shots
29.1 Shots
22 PP
15 PK
NY Islanders Off vs  Pittsburgh Def
3.16 GF
2.17 GA
32.7 Shots
29.4 Shots
14 PP
8 PK

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN 114 -125
-130
5.5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports 115 -135
-130
5.5
Sportsbook 115 -135
-130
5.5
5Dimes.eu 113 -123
-120
5.5
GTBets.eu 105 -125
-120
5.5
Top Bet 105 -125
-130
5.5
BetOnline.ag 106
-117
-117
5.5
BetDSI 110 -130
-130
5.5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF OFF
Belmont
115
-135
-130
5.5
BookMaker.eu 110 -130
-130
5.5
Vegas Odds
Westgate 113 -123
105
5.5
Mirage -100 -120
115
5.5
Station 105 -125
100
5.5
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Pittsburgh Overall NY Islanders
13-3-1-1 W/L 13-6-0-0
11-7 ATS 10-9
8-10 O/U 12-7
3.67 Goals For 3.16
2.17 Goals Agnst 2.95
Pittsburgh A/H NY Islanders
7-1-1-0 W/L 5-2-0-0
6-3 ATS 4-3
4-5 O/U 7-0
3.33 Goals For 4.29
1.89 Goals Agnst 3.14