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Tuesday, 01.09.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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GAME PREVIEW
Islanders (19-19-3) at Rangers (22-17-4)

(7:00 p.m. ET, TV: FSN NY | Radio: Bloomberg 1130) The Islanders will try to stop their six-game skid when they seek their fourth win of the season against the cross-river rival Rangers.

Twice the Islanders have defeated the Rangers at Madison Square Garden, this year, and they will try for their fourth consecutive win at the Garden, dating back to last season.

The Islanders used four goals from Viktor Kozlov to take down the Blueshirts in the first meeting of the season on December 3 for a 7-4 win. Just 16 days later, the Islanders were back at the Garden, this time getting help from Jason Blake's hat trick for a 4-3 win.

Their most recent meeting, on December 26 at the Nassau Coliseum, was the tightest of the three games. The Islanders came out flying, hitting every Ranger in sight. Goals by Arron Asham and Jason Blake were all Rick DiPietro needed to record a shutout, stopping all 28 Rangers shots.

Since then, the Islanders have not won, while the Rangers turned things around, and are currently on a five-game winning streak. After losing to the Ottawa Senators on the December 28, the Rangers proceeded to earn victories against Washington, New Jersey, Philadelphia and, most recently, Montreal.

Rangers defenseman Marek Malik scored the game-winner with 6:05 remaining in Saturday's 4-3 win against Montreal. Matt Cullen added two goals and Martin Straka tallied a goal and an assist to move within three points of team point leader, Jaromir Jagr. The Czech captain is tied for fourth in the league with 54 points.

Meanwhile, Blake's 26 goals are tied for sixth in the league with four other players, including the Rangers' Brendan Shanahan, who leads his team in goals. Straka is one behind with 22.

Islanders head coach Ted Nolan indicated that he will mix up the lines to help stir the offense that has been lacking during the six-game losing streak. Richard Park will join Alexei Yashin and Blake on the top line, while Arron Asham will see time with Miroslav Satan and Kozlov.

The only line expected to stay intact is the Andy Hilbert-Mike Sillinger-Trent Hunter line that has put up points in each of the past three games.

"That's one of the best so-called third lines in the league,Â? said Nolan. "They do everything that is asked of them. They shut down the opposition's big lines and contribute offensively. They're a good combination right now and working extremely well.Â?

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

HDTV:
FSN NY: 725


GAME NOTES
STANDINGS:
Islanders
41 points, 4th place Atlantic Division
Rangers - 48 points, 2nd place, Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS:
Islanders
Jason Blake, 23 goals, 41 points; Alexei Yashin, 22 assists; Brendan Witt, 80 PIM.
Rangers Brendan Shanahan, 23 goals; Jaromir Jagr, 38 assists, 54 points; Ryan Hollweg, 74 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Islanders
- Power play: 15.4 percent. Penalty killing: 80.4 percent.
Rangers - Power play: 18.4 percent. Penalty killing: 81.1 percent.

GOALTENDERS:
Islanders
Rick DiPietro (16-5-1, 2.67 GAA, .916 SV%); Mike Dunham (3-4-2, 2.85, .916).
Rangers Henrik Lundqvist (18-11-2, 2.90, .901); Kevin Weekes (4-6-2, 3.21, .881).

2006-07 SERIES:
Islanders
3-0-0

LAST MEETING:
December 26, 2006 at the Nassau Coliseum: 2-0 Islanders win

HOME/ROAD RECORDS:
Rangers
9-7-3 at home
Islanders 8-11-1 on the road


ISLANDERS
Goaltenders
1   Mike Dunham
39 Rick DiPietro

Defensemen
3   Tom Poti 
6   Sean Hill
8   Bruno Gervais
14 Chris Campoli
32 Brendan Witt
44 Freddy Meyer

Forwards
7   Trent Hunter
10 Richard Park 
11 Andy Hilbert
12 Chris Simon
18 Mike Sillinger
25 Viktor Kozlov
27 Randy Robitaille
45 Arron Asham
51 Frans Nielsen
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
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
41 Jed Ortmeyer
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 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYI 63 41 20 2 202 174 84
3 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 61 30 22 9 161 160 69
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 62 25 27 10 139 164 60
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 60 23 30 7 137 159 53
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 63 29 35 4 64
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 63 14 26 21 40
B. Nelson 63 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 63 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 57 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 51 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 53 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 63 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 53 4 20 16 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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