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NHL : ATS Matchup
Tuesday 4/16/2019Line$ LineOU LineScore



NY ISLANDERS (51-27-0-7, 109 pts.) at PITTSBURGH (44-28-0-13, 101 pts.)
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Tuesday, 4/16/2019 7:38 PM
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals - Best of 7 - Game 4 - NYI Leads 3-0
Board OpeningLatest
39NY ISLANDERS+150Ov 5.5,+115+150Ov 5.5,+115
40PITTSBURGH-170Un 5.5,-135-170Un 5.5,-135
NY ISLANDERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games51-34-0+21.751-34+21.728-522.829.02.431.0
Team Stats (Road Games)25-17-0+13.725-17+13.712-262.727.72.432.1
Last 5 Games5-0-0+5.85-0+5.81-
Playoff Games3-0-0+3.83-0+3.81-23.734.31.734.3
vs. Division21-10-0+14.221-10+14.210-212.827.02.330.1
NY ISLANDERS Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)85239756983122124639.7%2373514.8%390
Team Stats (Road Games)421143635385911649.8%1081715.7%188
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)516437231639.8%14214.3%28
Team Stats (Playoffs)3114151110310.7%10220.0%20
Team Stats (vs. Division)31872922315883810.4%911213.2%146
Stats Against (All Games) 20158637371526387.6%2274620.3%334
Stats Against (Road Games) 1013429353913507.5%1192420.2%169
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 6222001623.7%12216.7%11
Stats Against (Playoffs) 5221001034.9%8112.5%9
Stats Against (vs. Division) 70232026149337.5%811417.3%114
NY ISLANDERS - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
CHRISTOPHER GIBSON (All Games)20171694.1%00-000-0-000-0
CHRISTOPHER GIBSON (Road Games)107685.7%00-000-0-000-0
CHRISTOPHER GIBSON (vs. Division)20171694.1%00-000-0-000-0
THOMAS GREISS (All Games)43391185109892.7%323-16+9.223-16-0+1012-25
THOMAS GREISS (Road Games)201858254393.3%111-7+5.811-7-0+83-13
THOMAS GREISS (vs. Division)201857253293.0%312-6+8.712-6-0+105-13
THOMAS GREISS (Last 4 Games)4411810891.5%12-202-2-000-4
THOMAS GREISS (Playoff Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
ROBIN LEHNER (All Games)49461426132893.1%428-18+12.528-18-0+1316-27
ROBIN LEHNER (Road Games)252475470293.1%114-10+7.814-10-0+79-13
ROBIN LEHNER (vs. Division)131334131692.7%19-4+5.59-4-0+55-8
ROBIN LEHNER (Last 4 Games)4413212796.2%04-0+4.84-0-0+51-3
ROBIN LEHNER (Playoff Games)331039895.1%03-0+3.83-0-0+41-2

PITTSBURGH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games44-41-0-18.744-41-18.736-433.333.33.033.3
Team Stats (Home Games)23-19-0-12.523-19-12.516-
Last 5 Games1-4-0-6.61-4-6.62-32.437.83.233.4
Playoff Games0-3-0-4.40-3-4.41-21.734.33.734.3
vs. Division15-16-0-10.615-16-10.613-
PITTSBURGH Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)85278881067771528349.8%2365724.2%468
Team Stats (Home Games)421365147353714139.6%1292317.8%233
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)512534001896.3%16318.7%22
Team Stats (Playoffs)35221001034.9%8112.5%9
Team Stats (vs. Division)31952935292510329.2%881618.2%163
Stats Against (All Games) 252748580131728328.9%2324720.3%427
Stats Against (Home Games) 1293945414514379.0%1122925.9%221
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 16617211679.6%12325.0%25
Stats Against (Playoffs) 114151110310.7%10220.0%20
Stats Against (vs. Division) 932725356710369.0%911516.5%151
PITTSBURGH - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
CASEY DESMITH (All Games)3630106097191.6%115-15-8.515-15-0-913-14
CASEY DESMITH (Home Games)211661857092.2%110-6-1.610-6-0-27-7
CASEY DESMITH (vs. Division)9724222191.3%04-3-0.14-3-002-4
CASEY DESMITH (Last 4 Games)4311610691.4%02-1+0.92-1-0+11-2
CASEY DESMITH (Playoff Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
TRISTAN JARRY (All Games)22625588.7%00-2-2.30-2-0-21-1
TRISTAN JARRY (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
TRISTAN JARRY (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
TRISTAN JARRY (Last 4 Games)22625588.7%00-2-2.30-2-0-21-1
TRISTAN JARRY (Playoff Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
MATT MURRAY (All Games)53531696155791.8%229-24-7.929-24-0-622-28
MATT MURRAY (Home Games)262681473890.7%213-13-1113-13-0-99-14
MATT MURRAY (vs. Division)242478972491.8%111-13-10.511-13-0-1011-12
MATT MURRAY (Last 4 Games)4413211889.4%00-4-7.60-4-0-72-2
MATT MURRAY (Playoff Games)331029290.2%00-3-4.40-3-0-41-2
Average power rating of opponents played: NY ISLANDERS 3.13,  PITTSBURGH 3.19
3/21/2019at MONTREAL0-4L0, +135L5 ovU
3/23/2019at PHILADELPHIA4-2W0, +105W5.5 ovO
3/24/2019ARIZONA2-0W0, -150W5 ovU
3/26/2019at COLUMBUS0-4L0, +140L5.5 unU
3/28/2019at WINNIPEG5-4W0, +150W5.5 unO
3/30/2019BUFFALO5-1W0, -225W5.5 unO
4/1/2019TORONTO1-2L0, -110L6 unU
4/4/2019at FLORIDA2-1W0, -115W5.5 ovU
4/6/2019at WASHINGTON3-0W0, +105W5.5 evU
4/10/2019PITTSBURGH4-3W0, -110W5.5 unO
4/12/2019PITTSBURGH3-1W0, +105W5.5 unU
4/14/2019at PITTSBURGH4-1W0, +170W5.5 unU
4/16/2019at PITTSBURGH 

3/21/2019at NASHVILLE2-1W0, +120W6 ovU
3/23/2019at DALLAS3-2W0, +100W5.5 unU
3/25/2019at NY RANGERS5-2W0, -180W6 ovO
3/29/2019NASHVILLE1-3L0, -135L6 unU
3/31/2019CAROLINA3-1W0, -145W6 unU
4/2/2019at DETROIT1-4L0, -190L6 ovU
4/4/2019DETROIT4-1W0, -290W6 ovU
4/6/2019NY RANGERS3-4L0, -325L6.5 evO
4/10/2019at NY ISLANDERS3-4L0, -110L5.5 unO
4/12/2019at NY ISLANDERS1-3L0, -125L5.5 unU
4/14/2019NY ISLANDERS1-4L0, -200L5.5 unU
4/16/2019NY ISLANDERS 
NY ISLANDERS: LAST SEASON: 35-37-10, 80 points. Seventh in Metropolitan Division.
COACH: Barry Trotz (first season, 20th NHL season).
ADDED: F Leo Komarov, F Valtteri Filppula, F Tom Kuhnhackl, F Jan Kovar, G Robin Lehner, D Luca Sbisa.
LOST: F John Tavares, D Calvin de Haan, G Jaroslav Halak.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Mathew Barzal. The reigning Calder Trophy winner as the league's top rookie will be looked on to fill a bigger role with Tavares' departure. Barzal led the team in scoring last season with 85 points (22 goals, 63 assists). After playing on the second line with Jordan Eberle and fellow youngster Anthony Beauvillier a year ago, Barzal is expected to lead the top line with Beauvillier and Josh Bailey.
OUTLOOK: The Islanders have made just three playoff appearances in the last 11 seasons, missing out by 17 points last season after finishing with 30 losses in their final 45 games (15-24-6). The regression cost general manager Garth Snow and
COACH Doug Weight their jobs, replaced by three-time champion executive Lou Lamoriello as president of hockey operations and Trotz ' who led Washington to the Stanley Cup title. The change in leadership has brought new optimism for the future, though experts expect another playoff miss.
PITTSBURGH: LAST SEASON: 47-29-6, 100 points. Finished second in Metropolitan Division.
LOST to Washington Capitals in Eastern Conference semifinals.
COACH: Mike Sullivan (fourth season, sixth NHL season).
ADDED: D Jack Johnson, C Matt Cullen.
LOST: F Conor Sheary, F Tom Kuhnhackl, D Matt Hunwick, F Carter Rowney.
PLAYER TO WATCH: G Matt Murray. The 24-year-old endured an up and down first season as the franchise's full-time starter. His goals against average (2.92) and save percentage (.907) all took significant dips off his previous two seasons. Having spotty play in front of him didn't help. If Murray can return to the steady form that helped the Penguins to consecutive Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017, Pittsburgh will be a tough out in the postseason.
OUTLOOK: Pittsburgh's bid to become the first team in more than 30 years to "threepeat" ended with a loss to Washington. They opted to tinker than totally retool in the offseason, splurging on Johnson and bringing back the 42-year-old Cullen to provide depth down the middle. With Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin around, the Penguins will always be in the mix. But with the core of Crosby, Malkin, Phil Kessel and Kris Letang all in their early 30s, staying fresh for eight months will be a challenge.
Isles not surprised by 3-0 lead against Penguins

The New York Islanders are in position to usher Pittsburgh out of the playoffs with barely a squeak from the Penguins.

The Islanders can complete a four-game sweep in their first-round playoff series with a win Tuesday night in Pittsburgh.

It that's a surprise -- Pittsburgh was widely picked to win the series despite finishing one spot and three points behind the Islanders in the Metropolitan Division -- it shouldn't be, argued New York goaltender Robin Lehner.

"We got 103 points in the standings," said Lehner, who has a 1.62 goals-against average and a .951 save percentage through three games. "The truth can't be a surprise. Everyone looks and compares players and all that stuff. I look at our roster and see a really good organization and great coaching and great defensemen and a lot of heart. No one should be surprised."

The Penguins have held a lead for just 3:17 in the series and have not scored consecutive goals.

"That's been the story line the last two games," said Jordan Eberle, who has three goals in three games for the Islanders. "They've scored, and we've come back. Playoffs are all about momentum."

They also are about strategy, and New York has found a successful one.

"There's not a lot of risk associated with the Islanders' game," Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said. "They've got numbers back. They have a defense-first mentality. That's been their identity all year. That's what's brought them success."

Between the play of Lehner and a scheme orchestrated by coach Barry Trotz that puts the Islanders in spots to disrupt the Penguins at every turn, they have outscored Pittsburgh 11-5 and have forced mistakes and turnovers.

They have held Pittsburgh team captain and 100-point scorer Sidney Crosby, as well as his linemate and 40-goal scorer Jake Guentzel, without a point.

"The strategy is to stop everyone. There isn't any focus on one particular guy," Trotz said. "I think when you're on the ice against anybody in the league, you take care of your business. I think we've been doing that."

The Penguins are in backs-against-the-wall territory.

"Obviously, you don't want to be down 3-0," Pittsburgh winger Phil Kessel said. "It's not good now."

The Penguins have tried sitting Jack Johnson and Olli Maatta at different times with seven healthy defensemen available. They have juggled their line combinations. It hasn't made a difference in the outcomes.

So they are taking about the only approach available to them.

"We've got to focus on one game. We can't even it up in one game, but we can get ourselves back in it," said Crosby, who has piled up 66 goals, 185 points in 163 career playoff games while captaining Pittsburgh to three Stanley Cups, as recently as 2017.

"We've got to focus on winning Game 4. We haven't left ourselves a lot of room for error. All we can control is coming in with the right mindset for Game 4 and finding a way to get a win."

The last time Pittsburgh was down 3-0 in a series, the Boston Bruins finished off a sweep in the 2013 Eastern Conference finals. They did it in similar fashion -- a smothering style that stymied the Penguins' stars, and strong goaltending.

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 7/16/2019 2:09:21 AM EST

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