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Game 21: Penguins faceoff against the New York Islanders

Pittsburgh Penguins (12-5-3) at New York Islanders (9-10-2)
2008-09 SEASON SERIES
Pittsburgh: 1-0-0
TEAM LEADERS
Pittsburgh – Miroslav Satan, 9 goals; Evgeni Malkin, 24 assists, 31 points;
New York – Bill Guerin, Trent Hunter, 8 goals; Doug Weight 17 assists, 21 points
GOALTENDING Matchup
Pittsburgh – Dany Sabourin (4-2-1, 1.66 GAA, .935 SV%)
New York– Joey MacDonald (9-7-2, 2.78 GAA, .912 SV%)
SPECIAL TEAMS
Pittsburgh – Power Play: 18.3%, Penalty Kill: 84.3%
New York – Power Play: 17.0%, Penalty Kill: 84.0%
Pittsburgh Penguins Projected Lineup
Max Talbot – Sidney Crosby – Miroslav Satan
Pascal Dupuis – Evgeni Malkin – Petr Sykora
Matt Cooke – Jordan Staal – Tyler Kennedy
Ruslan Fedotenko – Mike Zigomanis – Eric Godard
D- Pairs
Brooks Orpik – Kris Letang
Alex Goligoski – Rob Scuderi
Hal Gill – Phillipe Boucher
Dany Sabourin will start in goal
Power Play Units
1st PP Kennedy – Crosby – Satan
Goligoski – Malkin
2nd PP Cooke – Staal – Sykora
Letang – Boucher
The Penguins begin a stetch of 3 games in four nights after losing two out of their last three games.The Penguins are 1-0 against the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum this season with their 4-3 shootout victory on Nov. 8. The Penguins will be without goaltender Marc Andre Fleury for the fourth consecutive game. Fleury remains sidelined with an undisclosed injury. Backup goaltender Dany Sabourin is off to a 4-2-1 start and has posted a 1.66 GAA, and .935 SV%.

New York Islanders Projected Lineup
Sean Bergenheim – Doug Weight – Bill Guerin
Jeff Tambellini – Josh Bailey – Trent Hunter
Andy Hilbert – Richard Park – Jon Sim
Mitch Fritz – Jeremy Colliton – Tim Jackman
D-Pairs
Andy Sutton – Mark Streit
Brendan Witt 24 – Radek Martinek
Chris Campoli – Bruno Gervais
Joey MacDonald is expected to start in goal
The Islanders are in a rebuilding process but have won five of six games and appear to be buying into Scott Gordon’s system. The loss of goaltender Rick DiPietro early in the season was a major blow to the Islanders who got off to a sluggish 4-9-2 start but the Islanders have turned things around behind the play of goaltender Joey MacDonald (9-7-2 record, 2.78 GAA, and .912 SV%).¬†Over the past six games the Islanders power play has converated at a rate of¬†27.5%. The Islanders¬†power play¬†is led by¬†defenseman Mark Steit (5 goals – 9 assists – 14 pts) who has proved to be a great signing by General Manager Garth Snow.
Last Game: The Islanders beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 Monday night. Forward Kyle Okposo, the Islanders top prospect remains sidelined with a wrist injury. 

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William DePaoli

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William DePaoli is the President/Founder of Inside Pittsburgh Sports LLC and can be reached at wdepaoli@insidepittsburghsports.com

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