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Islanders Gm 58: Pageau OUT vs. Penguins, Parise’s 1200th

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New York Islanders Jean-Gabriel Pageau

The New York Islanders (27-23-7) host the Pittsburgh Penguins (27-17-9) Friday night, a matchup that some may say is the biggest game of the season thus far.

Puck drop is slated for 7 PM ET at UBS Arena.

The Penguins currently hold the top wild-card spot in the East, with 63 points in 53 games. The Islanders trail them by two points and have played four more games. These head-to-head matchup are critical, and if the Islanders want to make the postseason, getting points against the Penguins is vital.

The Islanders have dropped their last three games, while the Penguins have won three of four since returning from the All-Star break.

Zach Parise will play in career game no. 1200.

“I mean, 1200 games, that’s impressive,” Islanders head coach Lane Lambert said. “It’s a testament to his commitment to the game and to his craft. So we see it every day, and he continues to do it over and over again, so good for him.”

PRACTICE SUMMARY

Ilya Sorokin was in the starter’s crease at Thursday’s practice as he likely gets the start against the Penguins, meaning Semyon Varlamov gets the start against the Boston Bruins on Saturday.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau was placed on Injured Reserve as he is not eligible to return until Saturday. Andy Andreoff was recalled from Bridgeport and will slot in as the fourth-line center, with Casey Cizikas being elevated to the third line.

Josh Bailey is off the Bo Horvat-Mathew Barzal line as Anders Lee reunites with no. 13.

More from practice:

Islanders Practice: Lambert Reunites a Duo, Bailey Off ‘Top’ Line

NEW YORK ISLANDERS LINES (PROJECTED)

Anders Lee-Bo Horvat-Mathew Barzal
Zach Parise-Brock Nelson-Kyle Palmieri
Josh Bailey-Casey Cizikas-Simon Holmstrom
Matt Martin-Andy Andreoff-Hudson Fasching

Adam Pelech-Ryan Pulock
Alexander Romanov-Scott Mayfield
Sebastian Aho-Noah Dobson

Ilya Sorokin
Semyon Varlamov

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS LINES (PROJECTED)

Jake Guentzel-Sidney Crosby-Rickard Rakell
Jason Zucker-Evgeni Malkin-Bryan Rust
Brock McGinn-Jeff Carter-Kasperi Kapanen
Logan O’Connor-Teddy Blueger-David Archibald

Brian Dumoulin-Kris Letang
Marcus Pettersson-Jeff Petry
P.O. Joseph- Chad Ruhwedel

Casey DeSmith
Dustin Tokarski

ISLANDERS NOTES

Tonight, the New York Islanders host the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second of four meetings between the two clubs this season.

The last time these teams met was December 27, 2022, when four Islanders recorded multi-point games, including Mathew Barzal and Anders Lee, who each scored twice to help the Islanders capture a 5-1 win.

The Islanders have a 10-5-1 record against Metropolitan Division opponents this season and have collected points in six of the last seven times they hosted the Penguins.

The Islanders will look to snap a three-game winless streak tonight.

DRAFTKINGS BETTING CORNER

Do you think the New York Islanders will beat the Pittsburgh Penguins? You can get the Islanders at -115 &  +225 on the puck line. The Penguins come in at -105 & -265 on the reverse puck line.

The over for the contest is 6 at +105, with the under at -125.

Head over to DraftKings to place your bets now!

HOW TO WATCH

Friday’s contest will be available on MSGN. On the radio dial, the game can be heard on 1050 AM ESPN, 88.7 FM WRHU, and 103.9 FM LI News Radio.