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Penguins vs. Islanders Scouting Report

Wednesday, 10.26.2011 / 9:00 PM ET / Features
By Kaitlin Zurawsky
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Penguins vs. Islanders Scouting Report
Pittsburgh Penguins
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New York Islanders
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  Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Islanders 






PA Parenteau
RW  -  #15
  1 Goal
  7 Assists
  8 Points
• Found a niche with the Islanders on their top line with Matt Moulson and John Tavares last season – his first full NHL campaign – finishing second in scoring for the Islanders with 20 goals and 53 points.

• Had been a prolific scorer in the American Hockey League before coming into his own as a NHL player in 2010-11, racking up 204 points (83G-121A) in 184 games over the past three seasons.

• The 28-year-old scored the shootout game-deciding goal vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins on Dec. 29.
Travis Hamonic
D -  #3
  0 Goals
  1 Assist
  1 Point
• Scored 26 points (5g/21a) in 62 games as a rookie with the Islanders last season, netting six of those (2G-4A) in five games vs. the Penguins.

• The 6-foot-2, 203-pound defenseman led all Islanders defensemen in goals and ranked second in assists and points in 2010-11.

• Appeared in 19 American Hockey League games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers before being recalled by the Islanders last November for the remainder of the season, where he was leading defensemen in scoring at the time of his recall.
Andrew MacDonald
D  -  #47
  1 Goal
  0 Assists
  1 Point
• Led Islanders defensemen in scoring with a career-high 27 points through 60 games last season despite missing a total of 22 contests due to injury (hand, 15 games; hip, seven games).

• The 6-foot-1, 296-pound defenseman led the team and tied for 14th in the NHL with 160 blocked shots in 2010-11.

Islanders’ sixth round pick (160th overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft signed a four-year contract extension on Feb. 25, 2010.
The Penguins face their Atlantic Division rival, the New York Islanders, for the second time in three days as they conclude a home-and-home series Thursday night at CONSOL Energy Center.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 33 saves against the Islanders Tuesday night to lead the Penguins to a 3-0 victory – his first shutout of the season and the 20th of his career. The 26-year-old netminder now has three-straight wins and is tied for second in the league with six wins on the season. The Penguins are 20-4-2 against New York in their last 26 meetings and have shut out the Islanders in three of the last five games played between the teams.
The Islanders didn’t make it easy for the netminder, as many of those 33 shots on net were quality scoring chances – with the Matt Moulson, John Tavares and PA Parenteau line perhaps being the most dangerous challenge. Arguably the biggest save of the night for Fleury came at the end of the first period when Tavares and Parenteau took turns on in-close cracks at Fleury, who denied each drive.

That line was productive early for the Islanders this season, but have since cooled off over the team’s three-game losing streak. Meanwhile, the Islanders’ second line of Michael Grabner, Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo has yet to get going offensively, and they’ll be looking to find their groove come Thursday.
While there is no clear-cut starter between the pipes for the Islanders this season, Evgeni Nabokov got the nod for the Islanders on Tuesday. Going into the game, Nabokov had an 8-1 record and 1.61 goals-against average versus Pittsburgh. Nabokov made 26 saves Tuesday night, but lost for just the second time in 10 career starts against the Penguins. Al Montoya has started in goal four games and Rick DiPietro is healthy again, so Pittsburgh most likely will not know which goalie they will be going against until game.
  • The Penguins will celebrate their annual 'Hockey Fights Cancer' night at CONSOL Energy Center on Thursday. The Penguins will be hosting a number of young patients and children affected by cancer. Pittsburgh’s coaches, its broadcasters and members of the support staff will be wearing ‘Hockey Fights Cancer’ ties, while HFC merchandise will be on sale at PensGear – the official team store.
  • Pittsburgh enters Thursday's game having won 11 straight home games over the New York Islanders dating back to a 4-3 victory on Feb. 7, 2008 at Mellon Arena.
  • During the streak the Penguins have outscored the Islanders, 46-17, and outshot them, 334-317. Pittsburgh’s goals-against average during its 11-game winning streak against New York is 1.54. The Penguins have shut the Islanders out three times and have held them to just one goal on three other occasions.
  • Five goaltenders have picked up wins for the Penguins during this streak, led by Marc-Andre Fleury with five (2 shutouts) and Brent Johnson with three. Ty Conklin, Mathieu Garon and John Curry each won once.
  • The New York Islanders have gone 148:45 minutes without scoring since Radek Martinek scored its most recent goal at CONSOL Energy Center at 13:06 of the second period on Oct. 15, 2010. Since then, the Islanders have gone seven full periods and parts of two others –including back-to-back shutouts in their last two appearances here (3-0, Feb. 2, 2011; 1-0, Jan. 25, 2011) without a goal.
  • Pittsburgh has shut out New York in three of the last five games played between the teams.




2010-11 STAT CHART

F Sidney Crosby, concussion
F Tyler Kennedy, concussion
D Zbynek Michalek, broken finger
D Brian Strait, hyper-extended elbow
Neal (8) Tavares (6)
Letang (7) Parenteau (7)
Neal/Staal (9)
Tavares (10)
Engelland/Lovejoy (11) Hamonic (11)
Letang (5) Moulson (1)
Neal/Staal (2) Tavares (3)
Three tied with (1)
Fleury (6-2-0)
Montoya (2-2-0)
Fleury (1.87) Montoya (2.02)
Fleury (.937) Montoya (.930)

D Milan Jurcina (groin)
RW Nino Niederreiter (groin)





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Author: Kaitlin Zurawsky
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