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Sunday, 12.3.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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GAME PREVIEW
Islanders (13-9-3) at Rangers (13-9-4)

(5:00 p.m. ET, TV: FSN NY | Radio: Bloomberg 1130) In their first of eight matchups on the season, the Islanders and Rangers will battle for more than just bragging rights, tonight at Madison Square Garden. The winner will take home sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Division. The Rangers currently have 30 points and are tied with the New Jersey Devils for first in the division. The Islanders are just one point behind with 29.

The Islanders got to the 29-point mark with one of their best offensive performances of the season. With their captain out of the lineup, the Islanders, behind two goals each from Mike Sillinger and Viktor Kozlov, topped the Pittsburgh Penguins on the road by the score of 5-3. Miroslav Satan tallied his 300th career NHL goal in the game while Rick DiPietro was superb in net, stopping 34 shots to earn his tenth win of the season. Sillinger was once again outstanding on draws, winning 72% of his faceoffs. Sillinger leads the league in faceoff percentage, converting 61% of the time.

Despite losing their last three games in overtime or via the shootout, the Rangers have picked up points in six consecutive games. In their most recent contest, they fell to the Buffalo Sabres for the second time in a week. On Friday, the Rangers lost in a shootout after holding a 3-2 lead in the third period. Daniel Briere was the lone goal scorer in the shootout as the Sabres won all four meetings this year against the Blueshirts.

The Rangers boast four players with at least 29 points: Brendan Shanahan (29), Martin Straka (31), Michael Nylander (34) and Jaromir Jagr (39). Shanahan was acquired as a free agent in the off-season and has lived up to his billing so far, leading the team in goals with 17.

Countering DiPietro in the nets once again has been the sophomore standout, Henrik Lundqvist. His numbers this season are down from his first year, but he has still seen a majority of the time in goal, with spot starts from Kevin Weekes.

Another sophomore, Petr Prucha has had a disappointing second year. After scoring 30 goals in his rookie season, the Czech Republic native has only five goals in his first 26 games.

Besides Shanahan, the Rangers acquired two-way forward Matt Cullen and physical defenseman Aaron Ward in the off-season via free agency.

Chris King and Steve Mears have the call on Bloomberg Radio 1130, while Howie Rose and Billy Jaffe can be seen tonight on FSN NY.

BELOW ARE CHANNEL LISTINGS FOR FSN NY ON LONG ISLAND
CABLEVISION
FSN NY: 72

DirecTV:
FSN NY: 624

DISH NETWORK:
FSN NY: 413


STANDINGS:
Islanders
29 points, 3rd place, Atlantic Division
Rangers - 30 points, 1st place (tied), Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS:
Islanders
Jason Blake, 14 goals; Alexei Yashin, 18 assists, 28 points; Brendan Witt, 45 PIM.
Rangers Brendan Shanahan, 17 goals; Jaromir Jagr, 27 assists, 39 points; Ryan Hollweg, 46 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Islanders
- Power play: 16.7 percent. Penalty killing: 80.5 percent.
Rangers - Power play: 20.3 percent. Penalty killing: 84.8 percent.

GOALTENDERS:
Islanders
Rick DiPietro (10-7-1, 2.59 GAA, .916 SV%); Mike Dunham (3-2-2, 2.52, .926).
Rangers Henrik Lundqvist (11-7-2, 2.91, .900); Kevin Weekes (2-2-2, 3.24, .880).

2006-07 SERIES:
Rangers 5-2-1

HOME/ROAD RECORDS:
Rangers
5-4-3 at home
Islanders 6-5-1 on the road

ISLANDERS
Goaltenders
1   Mike Dunham
39 Rick DiPietro

Defensemen
3   Tom Poti 
6   Sean Hill
8   Bruno Gervais
24 Radek Martinek
32 Brendan Witt
77 Alexei Zhitnik

Forwards
7   Trent Hunter
10 Richard Park 
11 Andy Hilbert
12 Chris Simon
16 Mike York
17 Shawn Bates
18 Mike Sillinger
25 Viktor Kozlov
33 Eric Boguniecki
45 Arron Asham
55 Jason Blake
81 Miroslav Satan


RANGERS
Goaltenders

30 Henrik Lundqvist
80 Kevin Weekes

Defensemen
3   Michal Rozsival
4   Aaron Ward
6   Darius Kasparaitis
8   Marek Malik
22 Thomas Pock 
23 Karel Rachunek 
24 Sandis Ozolinsh
51 Fedor Tyutin

Forwards
5   Matt Cullen
14 Brendan Shanahan
16 Jason Ward
18 Adam Hall
19 Blair Betts 
25 Petr Prucha
28 Colton Orr 
43 Ryan Callahan 
44 Ryan Hollweg 
68 Jaromir Jagr
81 Marcel Hossa 
82 Martin Straka
92 Michael Nylander 

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
5 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
6 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 55 25 24 6 154 169 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 50 15 27 -9 42
J. Tavares 49 19 22 -3 41
F. Nielsen 52 15 19 -1 34
B. Nelson 52 20 11 0 31
M. Grabovski 52 9 15 2 24
J. Bailey 51 9 15 5 24
A. Lee 52 8 15 1 23
N. Leddy 52 3 20 -8 23
R. Strome 41 6 14 -5 20
C. Clutterbuck 51 11 4 6 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 13 11 4 .918 2.27
T. Greiss 14 6 2 .929 2.26
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