Originally posted on The Pensblog  |  Last updated 3/22/13
Pittsburgh Penguins (23-8-0) @ New York Islanders (13-14-3) ROOT, NHLN-US, MSG PLUS, RDS2 - 7:00 pm/et Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum - Uniondale, New York There's something about the Islanders that we really dislike. For a team that has been pretty awful for many years, they always seem to give the Penguins trouble. This is especially true for games in Long Island. For example: On this Day in Pittsburgh Penguins History: March 22, 2007 - Pittsburgh Penguins @ New York Islanders: Islanders win 3-1. [Pensblog Recap] Can't Jay-Z just buy the team already so there will be something to enjoy about them? Season Series: 2-1-0 Last meeting that counted: March 10, 2013. Penguins won 6-1. What we said in our recap: Crosby is hitting his stride. He has an 8-game points streak. He has 20 points in those 24 periods of hockey. He now has 45 points on the season. Claude Giroux and Alex Ovechkin: 45 points combined. His linemates, Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis, are reaping the benefits. Kunitz netted his second hat trick of the season, and Dupuis added two others. Know Your Enemy: Lighthouse Hockey What they're saying: The Pittsburgh Penguins haven't lost in forever. The New York islanders really need a win tonight. Can this turn out well? The Pens are a ridiculous +29 in goal differential (helped, of course, by a 6-1 drubbing of the Isles in these teams' last meeting). The Islanders -- minus-13 with half being empty net goals -- are hanging around the East's playoff bubble, but operating a few steps behind, and suffering from a very narrow margin for error where own goals will kill you. The coach is quite focused on "battle level" though, suggesting third-period failings and mistakes last night were a matter of lost battles at critical times. It's a common theme, just as "we're a team that needs all 20 guys going" is a theme. Pittsburgh Penguins Lines: Kunitz - Crosby - Dupuis Bennett - Jeffrey - Neal Cooke - Sutter - Kennedy Glass- Vitale - Adams Orpik - Martin Eaton - Niskanen Despres - Engelland Vokoun New York Islanders Lines: Moulson - Tavares - Boyes Bailey - Nielsen - Okposo Cizikas - Aucoin - McDonald Martin -  Reasoner - Grabner MacDonald - Harmonic Streit - Carkner Finley - Visnovsky   Nabokov Lines via Daily Faceoff. "I'd like to visit that Long Island place ... if only it were real." Do It. Go Pens.
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