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Scouting the Islanders

Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008

Penguins vs. Islanders

Today: Game 21 * Nassau Coliseum * 7 p.m.

TV/radio: FSN/WXDX (105.9 FM)

Last game: Lost, 3-1, against the Vancouver Canucks at Mellon Arena on Saturday

Season series: 2nd meeting; Penguins lead season series, 1-0. Last game: Penguins 4, Islanders 3 (SO) on Nov. 8 at New York.

About the Penguins (12-5-3, 27 pts): Tied with 1995-96 squad for third-best start in franchise history. ... With a victory will clinch winning record at Nassau Coliseum for only 12th time and just the third time since 2000-01. ... Injuries: G Marc-Andre Fleury (out, undisclosed injury), D Sergei Gonchar (out, left shoulder), D Ryan Whitney (out, left foot).

Streak: Lost 2

Player to watch: G Dany Sabourin - Has allowed two or fewer goals in five of six starts..

About the Islanders (9-10-2, 20 pts): D Mark Streit, who left Montreal in the offseason with a reputation as a mere offensive defenseman, have averaged 25:33 of ice time this season. ... Injuries: G Rick DiPietro (out, left knee), C Frans Nielsen (out, ankle), RW Kyle Okposo (out, hand/wrist), C Mike Comrie (TBD, hip), C Nate Thompson (out, groin), D Freddy Meyer (out, sports hernia), C Mike Sillinger (out, hip).

Player to watch: C Josh Bailey - Can play only two more games without this season counting as first on his entry-level contract.




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