PENS GAME #10: PENGUINS VS. ISLANDERS
The Pens return from their perfect 4-game, cross-country trek in Canada to some much needed home cooking. They come back to town atop the Metropolitan Division and 3rd in the Eastern Conference to face a fellow Metro team in the New York Islanders.
Pittsburgh Penguins (6-1-2) vs. New York Islanders (5-4-1) at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA at 7 PM (EST)
The Penguins are still running like a freight train, beating the Canucks 5-0 on Saturday. They're now home and prepping for a "home and home" series against the Islanders. The first game in that set today in Pittsburgh and the rematch on Thursday in Brooklyn.
New York is on a 2-game win streak, but has ultimately looked rough this year. They're floundering down the standings in both the Metro Division and Eastern Conference overall. They're coming into this game looking for a big jolt from trying to knock off the Penguins, arguably the hottest team in the NHL. They've got a bit of a new grudge brewing against the Pens here too. As the Isles new head coach is the Pens' arch rival Washington Capitals' former coach Barry Trotz. Trotz has already been jabbing at the Penguins verbally in the press going into tonight. No matter that poking a very dangerous bear, might not be the best game plan for Trotz & the Long Island crew. But from their record it seems to be the best they can come up with it.
Now to the specifics....
PENS BULLET POINTS
MATCH-UP INFORMATIONAL BREAKDOWN
Matt Murray: 24-years-old, 6’4”/178lb, 3 year NHL Veteran, 2012 Round 3 Draft Pick (Records- 2018-19: 3W-1L-0OTL in 4GP; Career: 71W-29L-8OTL in 115GP | Goals Against Average- 2018-19: 3.95; Last Season: 2.92; Career: 2.61)
Robin Lehner: 27-years-old, 6'4"/240lbs, 8 year NHL Veteran, 2009 Round 2 Draft Pick (Records- 2018-19: 3W-2L-1OTL in 6GP; Career: 75W-99L-36OTL in 225GP | Goals Against Average- 2018-19: 2.39; Last Season: 3.01; Career: 2.80)
Penguins: 14 Points, Metropolitan Division- 1st, Eastern Conference- 3rd
Islanders: 11 Points, Metropolitan Division- 6th, Eastern Conference- 11th
Penguins: 4 Wins
Islanders: 2 Wins
Goals For & Against:
Penguins: Goals For- 40; Goals Against- 26
Islanders: Goals For- 30; Goals Against- 25
Home vs. Away Records:
Penguins Home Record: 2-1-1
Islanders Away Record: 4-3-0
Team Physical Averages:
Penguins: Average Size- 6'1"/199lbs, Average Age- 28.04
Islanders: Average Size- 6'1"/210lbs, Average Age- 27.74
Penguins Alumni for NYI: Thomas Greiss, Tom Kuhnhackl, Dev. Coach Eric Cairns
Islanders Alumni for PIT: Assistant GM Bill Guerin
Penguins NYI Locals: None
Islanders PIT Locals: None
-Goals- #1-Kessel (7), #2-Malkin/Crosby/Guentzel (5), #3-Letang/Hornqvist (4)
-Assists- #1-Malkin (13), #2-Kessel/Crosby/Letang (7), #3-Simon (5)
-Points- #1-Malkin (18), #2-Kessel (14), #3- Crosby (12)
-Shots- #1-Letang (27), #2-Hornqvist (26), #3-Crosby (23)
-Goals- #1-Nelson (5), #2-Lee/Filppula (4), #3-Cizikas (3)
-Assists- #1-Bailey/Barzal (9), #2-Lee (7), #3-Mayfield (4)
-Points- #1-Lee/Bailey (11), #2-Barzal (10), #3-Nelson/Filppula (6)
-Shots- #1-Lee (30), #2-Nelson/Eberle/Boychuk (21), #3-Pulock (20)
-Penguins vs. Islanders History-
Cup Count: Pens- 5, Islanders- 4
Season Series vs. Islanders: First game, 0-0
Last Season Series vs. Islanders: 3-1 (With 12 Goals For, 9 Goals Against)
All-Time Record vs. Islanders: 119W-99L-22T-8OTL in 248GP
Islanders All-Time Record at PPG Paints Arena: 6W-9L-0T-5OTL in 20GP
FINAL NOTES ON THE GAME
-Should the Penguins win vs. Islanders they will have earned 16 points in their first 10 games, which would make them the NHL's leading point-earners.
-With 2 goals and an assist recorded last game vs. Vancouver, Evgeni Malkin is off to the best starting of his career at 32-years-old.
-Malkin also has a 7 game point streak going.
-Going back into last season, the Islanders have won their last 5 straight games vs. the Metro Division. Including their last vs. the Pens last season.
EXTRA MISC. THOUGHTS & INFO
*Congrats go to Head Coach Mike Sullivan. After the win in Vancouver Saturday, he surpassed Michel Therrien for 3rd place on the Penguins' Coaches all-time wins list with 136.
*More congrats to GM Jim Rutherford as well, the Canucks win also let him surpass Baz Bastien on the Penguins' General Managers all-time wins list with 194.
*The WBS Pens dropped their 2nd game of a "home and home" series to the Hershey Bears on Saturday. They are now 5-2 overall.
*WBS' next game is this Friday, November 2 vs. the Hartford Wolf Pack.
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