Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Pre Game: Pens @ Isles (Game 4)

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Tonight, the Penguins and Islanders continue their first round series at the Coliseum with game 4.

The goalie matchup tonight features Evgeni Nabokov for the Islanders and probably Marc Andre Fleury for the Penguins.

The Islanders lineup will look the same as Sunday afternoons lineup in the overtime loss.

However, the Penguins lineup is in a little bit of limbo because James Neal and Brooks Orpik could be ready to return from injury.  If they return it is unclear who would be scratched to make room for them.

For the Islanders, a big key tonight is to come out with a competent defense in the first period.  In the first three games, the defense and Nabokov have come out lackluster at best and that has really hurt them.  In game two they were able to overcome it.  If they do that, avoid the penalty box, and take advantage of what will be another incredible crowd, there is no reason tonight can't be the first time in 11 years the Islanders win a home playoff game.

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