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Tuesday, 12.19.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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GAME PREVIEW
Islanders (16-12-3) at Rangers (18-12-4)

(7:00 p.m. ET, TV: FSN NY 2| Radio: Bloomberg 1130) It's round two of the 2006-07 Islanders-Rangers matchup as the rivalry heats up again at Madison Square Garden.

The first meeting went to the Islanders in stunning fashion, knocking off the Blueshirts 7-4 at the Garden on December 3. In that game, the Islanders scored four first-period goals and Viktor Kozlov finished with his first four-goal game in his NHL career. Brendan Shanahan recorded a hat trick for the Rangers, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Islanders onslaught.

The seven goals against the Rangers was the highest goal total by the Islanders this season, but Saturday they achieved their largest margin of victory when they beat the Atlanta Thrashers 6-0.

In that game, six different Islanders scored and Rick DiPietro recorded his second shutout of the season, stopping all 37 shots. Alexei Yashin made a triumphant return by scoring the second goal of the game. Chris Campoli also played solidly on defense in his first game of the season with the Islanders, finishing with a +3 rating. Miroslav Satan, Andy Hilbert, Viktor Kozlov, Shawn Bates and Mike Sillinger, while shorthanded, also tallied goals in the game.

After going 21 games without any points, Hilbert has been on fire recently, totaling nine points in his last nine games. He's also compiled a +7 rating in that stretch.

The Rangers have been sputtering the last couple of games at home, dropping contests to Toronto by a score of 9-2 and New Jersey, 6-1.

On Sunday, Zach Parise scored a goal and two assists, while Sergei Brylin and Patrik Elias both scored two goals to help the Devils top the Rangers. Kevin Weekes was in goal on Sunday after Henrik Lundqvist allowed eight goals on 24 shots against the Maple Leafs the night before.

Three of the Rangers' top players missed the game against the Devils due to various ailments: Michael Nylander, Matt Cullen and Marek Malik.

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 2.

Click here to find FSN NY 2 in your area.


GAME NOTES
STANDINGS:
Islanders
35 points, 3rd place (tied), Atlantic Division
Rangers - 40 points, 1st place, Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS:
Islanders
Jason Blake, 16 goals, 32 points; Alexei Yashin, 18 assists; Brendan Witt, 54 PIM.
Rangers Brendan Shanahan, 22 goals; Jaromir Jagr, 33 assists, 47 points; Ryan Hollweg, 67 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Islanders
- Power play: 17.3 percent. Penalty killing: 80.4 percent.
Rangers - Power play: 18.3 percent. Penalty killing: 82.0 percent.

GOALTENDERS:
Islanders
Rick DiPietro (13-9-1, 2.80 GAA, .913 SV%); Mike Dunham (3-3-2, 2.83, .916).
Rangers Henrik Lundqvist (11-7-2, 2.91, .900); Kevin Weekes (2-2-2, 3.24, .880).

2006-07 SERIES:
Islanders
1-0-0

HOME/ROAD RECORDS:
Rangers
7-6-3 at home
Islanders 7-6-1 on the road


ISLANDERS
Goaltenders
1   Mike Dunham
39 Rick DiPietro

Defensemen
3   Tom Poti 
6   Sean Hill
8   Bruno Gervais
14 Chris Campoli
24 Radek Martinek
32 Brendan Witt

Forwards
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
79 Alexei Yashin
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
38 Jarkko Immonen
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 MTL 60 39 16 5 162 133 83
2 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
3 NYR 59 37 16 6 186 145 80
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
6 DET 59 33 15 11 173 154 77
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 60 26 21 13 145 169 65
10 PHI 61 26 24 11 162 178 63
11 OTT 58 25 23 10 166 161 60
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 59 26 29 4 155 184 56
14 TOR 60 24 31 5 167 183 53
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 61 18 38 5 114 204 41

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 62 29 34 4 63
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 62 13 26 21 39
B. Nelson 62 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 62 11 25 11 36
A. Lee 56 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 50 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 52 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 62 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 52 4 19 16 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 32 13 0 .910 2.49
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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