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New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins [Game 28]

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The first game between the two teams this year

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7:00 PM EST
Radio Network Arena Network Radio
88.7 FM WRHU MSG+ PPG Paints Arena
ATTP 105.9 FM WXDX
League Value Metric Value League
9th 63.0% Points Percentage 56.9% 16th
27th 13.04% Net Power Play Percentage 25.69% 2nd
29th 70.45% Net Penalty Kill Percentage 75.22% 24th
29th 83.50% Combined Special Teams Percentage 100.91% 6th
1st 3.74 Goals for per Game (All Situations) 2.97 15th
26th 3.41 Goals against per Game (All Situations) 3.28 24th
12th .15 Penalty +/- per Game (All Situations) -.14 21st
15th 50.24% Shot Attempt Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 50.59% 13th
17th 48.87% Scoring Chance Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 49.06% 16th
7th 101.52% P.D.O. (5V5) 96.31% 31st
2nd 9.87% Shooting Percentage (5V5) 5.61% 31st
22nd 91.65% Save Percentage (5V5) 90.70% 30th
Data from Hockey-Reference.com and Natural Stat Trick
The Enemies' Lair
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The New York Islanders are all set to renew their rivalry tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Win or lose (preferably win), it's always eventful when these two teams square off as the two teams have had more than their fair share of playoff battles with Pittsburgh getting the better of them as of late. With that being said, this is the first game between the two teams this season and the Islanders have been the better team so far this year. It's also worth mentioning that this is the 25th anniversary season of the Islanders upset of the Penguins in the 1993 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Penguins have had some horrid luck at even strength posting the league's worst shooting percentage and the second worst save percentage in five-on-five situations. This lackluster performance has hurt the defending two-time Stanley Cup champions as they're currently ranked in the bottom half of the league in points percentage. Much of that has been due to the struggles of Matt Murray who is out of tonight's contest with an injury however and tonight's starter Tristan Jarry has a better xSV% than either Islander netminder.

The forward corps for the Islanders will be without the services of Alan Quine tonight. Quine's performance has been nothing short of abhorrent for them this year and he might have drawn the short straw to exit the lineup with Casey Cizikas returning anyway, but he is in fact injured (or maybe just "injured"). With that being said, nobody should wish an injury upon a player and hopefully he can get back to 100 percent soon even if he doesn't return to the lineup.

Johnny Boychuk went off limping in the six to two shellacking at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning and he's out of this contest. Thomas Hickey makes his triumphant return to the lineup as Ryan Pulock moves up to the top pairing and the Islanders top possession tandem of Hickey and Scot Mayfield is reunited. Dennis Seidenberg is still a healthy scratch with Calvin de Haan and Adam Pelech anchoring the second pairing.

Jaroslav Halak is in net for tonight's game. The puck drops at 7:05 P.M. E.S.T. The Islanders are free from the MSG+2 shackles and will be aired on standard MSG+, hopefully no program guide required.

New York Islanders Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Anders Lee John Tavares Josh Bailey
Andrew Ladd Mathew Barzal Jordan Eberle
Brock Nelson Anthony Beauvillier Joshua Ho-Sang
Jason Chimera Casey Cizikas Cal Clutterbuck
Left Defence Right Defense
Nick Leddy Ryan Pulock
Calvin de Haan Adam Pelech
Thomas Hickey Scott Mayfield
Goalies
Jaroslav Halak
Thomas Greiss

Pittsburgh Penguins Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Conor Sheary Sidney Crosby Patric Hornqvist
Jake Guentzel Evgeni Malkin Phil Kessel
Carl Hagelin Riley Sheahan Bryan Rust
Tom Kuhnhackl Carter Rowney Ryan Reaves
Left Defence Right Defense
Brian Dumoulin Kris Letang
Olli Maatta Matt Hunwick
Ian Cole Chad Ruhwedel
Goalies
Tristan Jarry
Casey DeSmith