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Game Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins @ New York Islanders 12/27/2022 - Lines, how to watch

Enough holiday relaxation, let’s get back to hockey.

NHL: APR 12 Penguins at Islanders
Danton Heinen scores a goal on the Islanders’ Ilya Sorokin at UBS Arena on April 12.
Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Who: Pittsburgh Penguins (19-9-5, 43 points, 3rd place Metropolitan Division) @ New York Islanders (19-14-2, 40 points, 6th place Metropolitan Division)

When: 7:30 p.m. Eastern

How to Watch: AT&T Sports Network Pittsburgh (ATTSN-PT) for the Western PA market, MSG Sports Network for the New Yorkers, Sling TV, ESPN+

Opponent Track: In a Metropolitan Division full of teams simultaneously surging (in their last ten, the Hurricanes and Capitals have nine wins, and the Penguins and Rangers have eight) the Islanders have put up a middling 4-4-2 record and slipped out of a playoff spot. In the last outing before the break, however, the Isles put up five goals in a 5-1 beating of the struggling Florida Panthers.

Pens Path Ahead: The Penguins are back in action tomorrow at PPG Paints against the Detroit Red Wings before finishing out 2022 with a Friday home game against the Devils. These are two slumping opponents looking to finish out the calendar year with victories after each winning just three of their last ten games.

Season Series: This is the Penguins’ first matchup this season against the Islanders, who they will see again twice in four days in February and once more in March.

Hidden stat: The Islanders have only won one game in which they scored five or fewer goals throughout the month of December.

Getting to know the Islanders

SB Nation counterpart: Lighthouse Hockey

Possible lines


Josh Bailey - Mathew Barzal - Oliver Wahlstrom

Anders Lee - Brock Nelson(?) - Anthony Beauvillier

Zach Parise - Jean-Gabriel Pageau - Simon Holmstrom(?)

Matt Martin - Casey Cizikas(?) - Ross Johnston


Alexander Romanov / Noah Dobson

Sebastian Aho / Scott Mayfield

Robin Salo / Ryan Pulock

Goalies: Ilya Sorokin (Cory Schneider)

IR: Kyle Palmieri, Cal Clutterbuck, Adam Pelech, Semyon Varlamov

  • There are a few question marks in this lineup. Although they ended up winning 5-1, the Islanders had a brutal final outing before the holiday break— both Brock Nelson (puck to the head) and Simon Holmstrom (knee on knee hit) left in the middle of the game. Both are considered day-to-day. The Islanders sent a few AHL players back to the minors yesterday, which could mean Nelson or Holmstrom will return. The Islanders will especially hope to see Nelson, who leads the team with 15 goals.
  • Those AHL call-downs could also mean the return of Casey Cizikas, who missed the Islanders’ last game with an upper-body injury, or any of the players on IR, all of whom are eligible to return for this game. Pelech has not skated since a head injury on December 6, but general manager Lou Lamoriello described Clutterbuck, Palmieri and Varlamov as “day-to-day” last week.


via hockeydb

  • The Islanders lost 1-0 in a shootout to the Colorado Avalanche last week, but goaltender Ilya Sorokin still made history with the 13th shutout of his young career. He’s started every Islanders game since Semyon Varlamov went to the IR, so expect to see him face the Penguins Tuesday.

And now for the Pens...

Potential Game Lines


Jake Guentzel - Sidney Crosby - Rickard Rakell

Jason Zucker - Evgeni Malkin - Bryan Rust

Brock McGinn - Jeff Carter - Kasperi Kapanen

Drew O’Connor - Teddy Blueger - Danton Heinen


Marcus Pettersson / Kris Letang

Brian Dumoulin / Jan Rutta

P.O. Joseph / Chad Ruhwedel

Goalies: Tristan Jarry, Casey DeSmith

Scratches: Josh Archibald (injury), Ryan Poehling (injury)

IR: Jeff Petry (upper body, LTIR, out until at least January 8th)

  • Mark Friedman, who still has yet to play this season, returned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday.
  • The Penguins haven’t practiced over the holiday break, so we’ll get updates on Archibald and Poehling today before the game.
  • If he is called to start, Tristan Jarry will be in search of Penguins history today: