MacDonald looks to stymie Penguins

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Pittsburgh (12-5-3) at NY Islanders (9-10-2), 7:00 pm EST

UNIONDALE, New York (Ticker) -- Joey MacDonald has made the New

York Islanders' time without starting goaltender Rick DiPietro a

bit easier. The same cannot be said of fellow backup Dany

Sabourin and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Seeking more relief from their respective reserve netminders,

the Islanders and Penguins faceoff in a matchup of Atlantic

Division rivals on Wednesday.

The Islanders have won consecutive games and five of six, while

MacDonald has yielded two or fewer goals in five of those

contests. The 28-year-old has started 11 straight and is 8-7-2

with a 2.78 goals-against average in 17 games overall this

season.

Meanwhile, Sabourin has started three straight games in the wake

of Marc-Andre Fleury's undisclosed injury and the Penguins have

dropped two. He has surrendered six goals in that span but the

Penguins' potent offense has been silenced, netting just five.

In an effort to boost a struggling power play, Pittsburgh coach

Michel Therrien put Evgeni Malkin back on the right point with

Alex Goligoski on the left, Sidney Crosby on the half-wall,

Miroslav Satan down low and new addition Tyler Kennedy in front,

according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Such a move was made to propel a power play that has converted

just 9 of its past 59 chances.

The Islanders, meanwhile, have succeeded with their special

teams and are second in the NHL in shorthanded goals (five),

while the Penguins are third-last in short-handed goals allowed

(five).

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