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Islanders @ Rangers - Game preview

The Islanders look to rebound against cross-town rival

Sunday, 03.11.2012 / 12:04 AM / News
By David Hochman
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Islanders @ Rangers - Game preview
Team Record: 28-31-9
Last Game: 2-1 L vs NJD
Season Series: 2-3-0 of 6
Team Record: 42-18-7
Last Game: 4-3 L @ CHI
Season Series: 3-1-1 of 6
Dylan Reese
After missing the last 11 games with an MCL sprain, Reese stepped back into the lineup in a big way Saturday night against the Devils. He looked comfortable and strong in his 17-plus minutes paired with Captain Mark Streit. In the 2-1 loss, Reese joined Streit as the only Islanders defensemen to finish with a plus-rating.

Reese played a sound, physical game against New Jersey. He looked no worse for wear as he delivered three solid bodychecks and controlled his areas of the ice.
Brandon Dubinsky
Dubinsky will return to the lineup for the Rangers tonight after leaving Tuesday's game against the Devils with a hand injury and sinus pressure. Even though his numbers are down this year, the energy and intangibles Dubinsky brings to the team add an extra dimension to this rivalry game. Dubinsky often seems to get himself in the middle of many scuffles during Islanders-Rangers games, so he shouldn’t be expected to ease his way back into the lineup.
 
His plus-14 is good for sixth on the East’s top team and his 104 penalty minutes are second, behind only Brandon Prust. If he can control his emotions and agitation skills enough to stay out of the box, his full effectiveness will be on display.
Finishing this year’s Rivalry: As always, games this season between the NHL’s two lower New York squads entertained thousands. In five games this year, the teams have combined for 27 goals, 168 penalty minutes and five fights. Rest assured the final match-up of the year could blow the roof off Madison Square Garden. An Islanders win would secure a .500 record against their cross-town rivals for the second time in three seasons.

Moving On: After a disappointing loss in the final 90 seconds to the Devils Saturday night, the Isles have a chance to bounce right back with a game less than 24 hours later against their biggest rivals. The Rangers often bring out the best in the Islanders, and Sunday gives the Isles the opportunity to take advantage of short-term memory loss. The Rangers have lost three games in a row for the first time all season.

Drop that Puck: When the Islanders played a strong puck possession game for 58 minutes Saturday night, most of that possession came from solid faceoff victories. The Isles won 66 percent of the game’s draws with their top centerman getting the job done. John Tavares won 14 out of 20 faceoffs. Frans Nielsen and Marty Reasoner each went 6-2.
Matt Moulson scored the game-decider in the fourth round of a shootout as the Islanders edged the Rangers 4-3 on Feb. 24 at Nassau Coliseum. PA Parenteau scored two goals and Moulson added one in regulation while John Tavares picked up two assists. Marc Staal, Marian Gaborik and Derek Stepan rounded out the scoring for the Rangers. Evgeni Nabokov made 33 saves on 36 shots for the win while Martin Biron allowed three goals on 27 shots in the loss.


Click the photo for gallery from the last time the Islanders played the Rangers.
Player
Date of
Injury
Games
Missed
Prognosis
DiPietro 1/3 Sports hernia/knee swelling 32  10 weeks
Montoya 2/29 Upper body 5 No timetable
Islanders
Power play: 17.8%
Penalty kill: 81.4%
Home record: 15-15-5
Road record: 13-16-4
Goals For: 157
Goals Against: 202
Rangers
Power play: 13.8%
Penalty kill: 86.9%
Home record: 22-7-2
Road record: 20-11-5
Goals For: 184
Goals Against: 145




Answer from Saturday's question: What pair of Islanders were traded to Los Angeles on Mar. 10, 1980 for Butch Goring? The answer is: Billy Harris and Dave Lewis. The Islanders traded their first pick from the 1972 NHL Entry Draft and Dave Lewis for “the final piece of the puzzle.”
Check after media availability this afternoon for lineups. 

Rangers Expected Lineups
Forwards: Anisimov-Stepan-Callahan;
Hagelin-Richards-Gaborik;
Fedotenko-Boyle-Prust; Rupp-Mitchell-Scott

Defensemen:
McDonagh-Girardi;
Staal-Stralman;
Eminger-Bickel

Goaltenders:
Lundqvist; Biron


Islanders Captain Mark Streit on the tough loss to the Devils on Saturday: "We felt great for 90 percent of the game. Then within a couple minutes we threw the game away. When you get punished like that, it hurts."


SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 31 21 6 4 99 71 46
2 NYI 32 22 10 0 101 90 44
3 TBL 34 20 10 4 112 90 44
4 MTL 33 20 11 2 88 82 42
5 DET 33 17 8 8 93 82 42
6 TOR 32 19 10 3 110 91 41
7 FLA 30 14 8 8 68 76 36
8 WSH 31 15 10 6 91 85 36
9 BOS 33 16 14 3 82 85 35
10 NYR 29 15 10 4 89 79 34
11 OTT 32 14 12 6 88 88 34
12 NJD 34 12 16 6 77 98 30
13 CBJ 31 13 15 3 76 100 29
14 PHI 31 11 14 6 81 92 28
15 BUF 32 13 17 2 62 100 28
16 CAR 31 9 19 3 66 88 21

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 32 12 15 -6 27
K. Okposo 32 7 20 -4 27
B. Nelson 32 14 12 6 26
R. Strome 32 6 15 12 21
F. Nielsen 32 6 11 0 17
N. Leddy 32 5 10 8 15
J. Boychuk 22 2 12 7 14
M. Grabovski 29 5 7 3 12
N. Kulemin 32 5 7 -3 12
T. Hickey 31 2 9 2 11
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 17 6 0 .918 2.30
C. Johnson 5 4 0 .868 3.59

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