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Islanders/Penguins preview - 12/11

Islanders at Penguins, 7:30 PM ET, Mellon Arena

Season records: 

Islanders, 10-16-2, 22 pts, 14th in Eastern Conference
Penguins, 15-9-4, 34 pts., T-5th in Eastern Conference

Season series:  3rd meeting, Penguins lead series 2-0

Last game vs. Islanders:  Penguins def. Islanders, 5-3, Nov. 26th.

Last game results:  Devils def. Penguins, 4-1, Dec. 10thFlyers def. Islanders, 4-3, Dec. 9th.

Special teams rankings: 

Powerplay:  Penguins 17.3% (T-17th), Islanders 18.3% (T-14th)
Penalty Kill:  Penguins 84.7% (T-6th), Islanders 80.7% (18th)

Probable goaltender rankings:

SV%:  Penguins - John Curry .907 (n/a), Islanders - Joey MacDonald .902 (T-27th)
GAA:  Penguins - John Curry 2.67 (n/a), Islanders - Joey MacDonald 3.08 (T-35th)

Notes:
- The Penguins are 87-87-26 all-time versus the Islanders.
- On this date is Penguins’ history - December 11, 2000 - Team owner Mario Lemieux officially announces his return to ice after a three-year absence from the game. Lemieux recorded four points (1G-3A) in his first game versus the Toronto Maple Leafs Dec. 29, 2000. He finished the season with 76 points (35G-41A) in 43 games, helping the Penguins to the Eastern Conference Finals against the New Jersey Devils.
- A sellout tonight will be the 80th consecutive.
- Consol Energy has won the naming rights for the Penguins’ new arena, scheduled to open in time for the 2010-2011 NHL season.
- Stat O’ the day:  When Petr Sykora gets at least one point, the Penguins are 10-2.
- Last time the Penguins scored 2 or more short-handed goals - Mar. 1st, 2007 at Rangers (Staal, Armstrong)

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