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Pens Preview Game 34- Penguins at Islanders: Island Holiday

Back In Action Post-Holiday, The Penguins Are On Long Island & Looking To Rebound.

Pittsburgh Penguins' Jason Zucker vs. New York Islanders
Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Fresh from the reset of the holiday the Penguins return to the ice against the Islanders on Tuesday. It's the first meeting of the year for the Metropolitan division teams. Pittsburgh comes into this game looking to rectify some nagging issues with their game performances that have become a trend: blowing leads and finishing games in overtime. Both issues have factored into their recent set of losses vs. Carolina.

They are two aspects of play that are losing them games, standings positions, and could lose them a series come spring if they continue to go unchecked. Coach Mike Sullivan isn't pleased with the developing patterns either:

Last game's overtime loss to Carolina stung especially as it also spelled the end of Tristan Jarry's seven-game win streak and Evgeni Malkin's nine-game point streak.

Still, Pittsburgh is in an enviable position comparatively in the league. The Pens have only one regulation loss in the month of December.

They will have a decent chance to continue that trend Tuesday vs. the Islanders, who sit several slots down in the standings from them and have a decided disadvantage on both special teams and goaltending.

Tristan Jarry has a 10-1-0 all-time record vs. New York with a solid 2.01 goals-against average. The Pens' 13th-ranked powerplay bests the Islander's 25th-ranked unit. The penalty kill also sits in Pittsburgh's favor. Their #1 ranked PK faces 6th ranked Isles.

Finally, one logistical note to remember: there is a special holiday start time of 7:30 PM for the game tonight.


Pens Game #34: Penguins at Islanders

Date: December 27, 2022

Time: 7:30 PM (ET)

Place: Elmont, NY

Venue: UBS Arena

Broadcasts: Local- ATTSN, National- ESPN+

Social Media Hashtags #: #LetsGoPens #Isles


Records- PIT: 19-9-5, NYI: 19-14-2

Last 10- PIT: 8-1-1, NYI: 4-4-2

Streaks- PIT: 1 Loss, NYI: 1 Win

Standings- PIT: 9th, NYI: 15th

Points- PIT: 43, NYI: 40

‘21/22 Season Series- 2-1

‘21/22 Series Goals For- PIT: 11, NYI: 8

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Islanders


Projected starting goalies:


[Pittsburgh Penguins]

Bio Info: 6' 2", 194 lbs. DOB: 4/29/1995 (27). From: Surrey, BC

Drafted: 2013- Rd 2, Pk 44 (PIT). Experience: 7th Season

Record: 15-3-3, 2.60 GAA, .922 SV%

Career vs. NYI: 10-1-0, 2.01 GAA, .931 SV%



[New York Islanders]

Bio Info: 6' 3", 190 lbs. DOB: 8/4/1995 (27). From: Mezhdurechensk, Russia

Drafted: 2014- Rd 3, Pk 78 (NYI). Experience: 3rd Season

Record: 10-10-1, 2.36 GAA, .926 SV%

Career vs. PIT: 2-3-0, 2.91 GAA, .902 SV%


-The Pens are 1-0-1 at the Islanders' new UBS arena, so they're still early in establishing a vibe to their gameplay there. Whether it's going to be an arena that's favorable to them is being written right now.

-Tristan Jarry may have lost his win streak last game vs. the Hurricanes but a 10-game streak of no regulation losses remains intact as the Pens took that one to OT.

-Ryan Poehling won’t play tonight, although he participated in practice today. Josh Archibald is also out and did not make the trip to New York.

-The Penguins recalled Mark Friedman from the AHL for an additional reserve defenseman now that Chad Ruhwedel has been bumped up onto the game roster.

-An interesting note on the Pens shifting personnel management in the face of recent injuries: Pierre-Olivier Joseph has been added to the penalty kill units since mid-game last Thursday vs. Carolina. The Penguins are now using 2 full units and having Letang and Joseph rotating in with those units regularly for a hybrid group kill system.

-Injury Report-

-Josh Archibald (F): lower body, day-to-day.

-Ryan Poehling (F): upper body, day-to-day.

-Jeff Petry (D): IR, upper body, out until January.

-Pens Lines-

The projected Penguins lines for Tuesday, December 27 at the New York Islanders:


Jake Guentzel - Sidney Crosby - Rickard Rakell

Jason Zucker - Evgeni Malkin - Bryan Rust

Brock McGinn - Jeff Carter - Danton Heinen

Drew O’Connor - Teddy Blueger - Danton Heinen


Marcus Pettersson - Kris Letang

Brian Dumoulin - Jan Rutta

P. O. Joseph - Chad Ruhwedel

(Special Teams)

PP1: Malkin, Crosby, Guentzel, Rakell, Letang

PP2: Carter, Rust, Heinen, Kapanen, Joseph

PK1: Blueger, McGinn, Ruhwedel, Pettersson

PK2: Carter, Rust, Dumoulin, Rutta

PK+: 73, 58 rotating with units 1 & 2


-Offseason Update-

Key players added: Defenseman- Alexander Romanov.

Key players lost: Defensemen- Zdeno Chara, Andy Greene.

New coach: Lane Lambert

-Injury Report-

-Cal Clutterbuck (F)- IR, upper body, day-to-day.

-Casey Cizikas (F)- undisclosed, day-to-day.

-Kyle Palmieri (F)- upper body, day-to-day.

-Adam Pelech (D)- IR, upper body, day-to-day.

-Semyon Varlamov (G)- undisclosed, day-to-day.


For The Penguins: Bryant Rust. "Big Game" Bryan Rust is back big time After tallying the goal that powered the Pens to victory over their arch-nemesis New York Rangers', Rust returned to wow fans with the tie-breaker goal in the third period vs. Carolina. Ruster is once again delivering in key moments. Overall he has points in five of the six last games too.

For The Islanders: Anders Lee. The Isles' Captain has five points in the last five games, including a two-assist outing last game. Lee has 16 career points and 10 goals in 31 games played against the Penguins all-time.

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