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New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Preview and Predictions 12-06-2018 in NHL


The New York Islanders have successfully navigated the waters within the parameters of the Metropolitan Division far better than they have outside of it this season. Boasting a 10-2-0 mark in the division, the Islanders bid for their third win in as many meetings with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday when the clubs reconvene at PPG Paints Arena.

New York swept a home-and-home set versus Pittsburgh on Oct. 30 and Nov. 1 to improve to 5-1-3 in its last nine games in the season series. Captain Anders Lee scored in the Islanders' 3-2 shootout victory versus the Penguins on Nov. 1 and has netted the team's first goal in three consecutive contests, including Tuesday's 3-1 setback versus Winnipeg. Pittsburgh's Patric Hornqvist matched a personal best with a four-point performance on Tuesday as he scored three times in 2:47 for the fastest hat trick in franchise history in a 6-3 win over Colorado. The 31-year-old Swede has 13 points in his last nine games, although he was held off the scoresheet in both encounters with the Islanders this season.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, MSG-Plus (New York), Sportsnet1, Sportsnet East, AT&T SportsNet-Pittsburgh 

ABOUT THE ISLANDERS (13-10-3): Lee's scoring notwithstanding, New York has been held to a single goal in three of its last five contests (2-2-1). "One goal doesn't do it in this league," reigning Calder Trophy recipient Mathew Barzal said. "We've got to find a way to get on the board, whether that's the power play or 5-on-5." Barzal notched two of his team-leading 18 assists in the Islanders' 6-3 victory at Pittsburgh on Oct. 30.



ABOUT THE PENGUINS (11-10-5): Captain Sidney Crosby has tormented New York throughout his career, recording a staggering 110 points (35 goals, 75 assists) in 64 games for his highest total against any team. Crosby collected a goal and an assist in the first meeting while fellow former Hart Trophy recipient Evgeni Malkin scored in both encounters this season. Fellow forward Jake Guentzel, who set up one tally in two matches with the Islanders this season, scored his 50th career goal on Tuesday to extend his point streak to a career-high five games (four goals, three assists).

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1. Pittsburgh RW Phil Kessel has 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in his last 12 games.

2. New York is 0-for-17 on the power play in the last eight contests.

3. Penguins G Casey DeSmith has yielded 12 goals in his last five games (4-1-0).

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Consol Energy Center
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Capacity: 18,387

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pittsburgh-penguins Stats 2018-2019

Offensive
Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
Jake Guentzel 82 40 4 1 14 15 10 6 1 11 1 2008 227
Sidney Crosby 79 35 3 1 15 11 8 12 0 29 2 2036 220
Phil Kessel 82 27 10 2 10 13 2 12 0 36 0 1786 215
Evgeni Malkin 68 21 5 0 5 3 13 9 0 26 0 1554 187
Bryan Rust 72 18 4 0 6 9 3 0 2 0 4 1610 141
Statistics
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Casey DeSmith 36 30 0 0 0 11 15 4 2
Matt Murray 50 50 0 0 0 14 29 4 4
Tristan Jarry 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Adam Johnson 6 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 0
Brian Dumoulin 76 0 0 0 141 0 0 0 20
Assits
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Sidney Crosby 79 0 65 17 2
Phil Kessel 82 0 55 24 0
Evgeni Malkin 68 0 51 17 0
Kris Letang 65 0 40 17 1
Jake Guentzel 82 0 36 5 0
Defense
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Tristan Jarry 2 2 7 3.499 1 3 2 1 62 2 20 22 18 0
Casey DeSmith 36 30 89 2.748 26 34 25 4 1060 13 329 376 342 0
Matt Murray 50 50 129 2.687 43 47 35 4 1594 28 507 532 527 0
Adam Johnson 6 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Brian Dumoulin 76 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 129
Shutouts
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Matt Murray 50 50 4 0 0 2
Casey DeSmith 36 30 3 0 0 1
Adam Johnson 6 0 0 0 0 0
Brian Dumoulin 76 0 0 0 0 0
Bryan Rust 72 0 0 0 0 0
Time on ice
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Matt Murray 50 50 145778 13774 172814 13262
Casey DeSmith 36 30 99054 8017 116613 9542
Kris Letang 65 0 80210 12633 101241 8398
Sidney Crosby 79 0 81617 15197 99501 2687
Brian Dumoulin 76 0 84509 598 95875 10768

new-york-islanders Stats 2018-2019

Offensive
Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
Anders Lee 82 28 5 0 5 12 11 10 0 16 0 1664 204
Brock Nelson 82 25 3 1 11 5 8 2 1 8 1 1828 181
Casey Cizikas 73 20 3 0 7 6 7 0 2 0 3 1476 111
Jordan Eberle 78 19 5 0 10 5 4 7 0 12 0 1514 160
Anthony Beauvillier 81 18 4 0 8 7 3 1 0 2 0 1435 156
Statistics
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Robin Lehner 46 43 0 0 0 13 25 2 0
Adam Pelech 78 0 0 0 149 0 0 0 24
Anders Lee 82 0 80 75 103 0 0 0 58
Andrew Ladd 26 0 3 2 37 0 0 0 16
Anthony Beauvillier 81 0 31 26 87 0 0 0 8
Assits
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Mathew Barzal 82 0 44 15 0
Josh Bailey 82 0 40 12 0
Brock Nelson 82 0 28 6 0
Ryan Pulock 82 0 28 6 0
Anders Lee 82 0 23 6 0
Defense
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Thomas Greiss 43 39 87 2.276 27 34 26 0 1185 17 379 440 349 0
Robin Lehner 46 43 93 2.133 29 27 35 2 1323 14 426 438 445 0
Christopher Gibson 2 0 1 1.500 0 0 1 0 17 0 0 0 17 0
Adam Pelech 78 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 116
Anders Lee 82 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 51
Shutouts
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Robin Lehner 46 43 6 0 0 3
Thomas Greiss 43 39 5 0 0 2
Adam Pelech 78 0 0 0 0 0
Anders Lee 82 0 0 0 0 0
Andrew Ladd 26 0 0 0 0 0
Time on ice
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Robin Lehner 46 43 134142 11509 156949 11298
Thomas Greiss 43 39 116321 11698 137622 9603
Ryan Pulock 82 0 92101 9237 110029 8691
Nick Leddy 82 0 90346 13737 106026 1943
Scott Mayfield 79 0 77638 143 88801 11020