National Hockey League
Preview
Pittsburgh at NY Islanders
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 22, 2014
Where: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York

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 (SO) PIT 4 30 31 0-0 35 26 0-1
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Pittsburgh P. Hornqvist 2
NY Islanders R. Strome 3
Goals Player  
Pittsburgh B. Comeau 1
NY Islanders N. Kulemin 1
Assists Player  
Pittsburgh E. Malkin 2
NY Islanders R. Strome 2
Saves Player  
Pittsburgh M. Fleury 31
NY Islanders C. Johnson 26
Season
Total Points Player  
Pittsburgh S. Crosby 26
NY Islanders K. Okposo 21
Goals Player  
Pittsburgh P. Hornqvist 10
NY Islanders B. Nelson 10
Assists Player  
Pittsburgh S. Crosby 18
NY Islanders K. Okposo 14
Saves Player  
Pittsburgh M. Fleury 462
NY Islanders J. Halak 367
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