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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Game Preview: New York Islanders @ Pittsburgh Penguins

Game Time: 7:00pm/ET
From: Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
Penguins Record: 15-9-4 (6th in Eastern Conference)
Islanders Record: 10-16-2 (14th in Eastern Conference)
Last Meeting: November 26th, 2008 @ New York (5-3 Pens)


PITTSBURGH PENGUINS LINE COMBINATIONS:
Pascal Dupuis - Sidney Crosby - Miroslav Satan
Ruslan Fedotenko - Evgeni Malkin - Petr Sykora
Chris Minard - Jordan Staal - Matt Cooke
Jeff Taffe - Max Talbot - Tim Wallace

Brooks Opik - Rob Scuderi
Kris Letang - Mark Eaton
Phillippe Boucher - Alex Goligoski

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS PROBABLE GOALTENDER:
John Curry (1-1-0 / 2.67GAA / .907 SV%)

NEW YORK ISLANDERS LINE COMBINATIONS:
Sean Bergenheim - Doug Weight - Bill Guerin
Andy Hilbert - Josh Bailey - Trent Hunter
Blake Comeau - Richard Park - Jon Sim
Mitch Fritz - Mike Sillinger - Tim Jackman

Mark Streit - Thomas Pock
Brendan Witt - Freddy Meyer
Chris Campoli - Joe Callahan

NEW YORK ISLANDERS PROBABLE GOALTENDER:
Joey MacDonald (10-12-2 / 3.08GAA / .902 SV%)

PENGUINS LEADERS:
GOALS: Crosby (13)
ASSISTS: Malkin (35)
POINTS: Malkin (46)
+/-: Malkin (+14)

ISLANDERS LEADERS:
GOALS: Hunter (11)
ASSISTS: Weight (20)
POINTS: Weight (26)
+/-: Sutton (+5)


The Penguins have lost three in a row and four of their last five. The Islanders have lost four in a row and six of their last seven. Neither of these teams are on a roll. Phillipe Boucher returns for the Penguins, so that may give the team's sagging powerplay a boost. John Curry will be in the net for the Pens tonight so it will be interesting to see how the team reacts in front of him.

The Penguins have beaten the Islanders in both meetings this year.

Prediction: 4-3 Penguins

New York Media:

Newspapers:
New York Times 
New York Daily News 
New York Post  

Blogs:
The Drive for Five 
Islanders Army  
Islander Frontier  
On the Islanders Beat 
Lighthouse Hockey  
Islanders Outsider  
Islesblogger 
NYI Point Blank  

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