Game Preview: New York Islanders at New York Rangers 2/7/13

Thursday, 02.7.2013 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Game Preview: New York Islanders at New York Rangers 2\/7\/13
Islanders take on Pittsburgh for the second time this season
New York Islanders
4-4-1 (9 points – 3rd in Atlantic Division, 8th in Eastern Conference)
3-1-1 road
New York Rangers
4-5-0 (8 points – 4th in Atlantic Division, 11th in Eastern Conference)
3-2-0 home
7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden
New York, NY

Television: MSG+2

Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (2011-12)
The Islanders went 2-3-1 against the Rangers last season, going past 60 minutes in the final two contests. The Islanders won in a shootout on Feb. 24, but the Rangers returned the favor with six seconds left in overtime on March 11. Evgeni Nabokov made 32 saves, while Travis Hamonic (two assists) and John Tavares (one goal, one assist) each had multiple-point efforts.

The Islanders and Rangers will meet three more times this season, including twice at Nassau Coliseum.

Mar. 11, 2012: NYR 4, NYI 3 (OT) - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Rangers player to watch
Rick Nash - Left Wing
Acquired in possibly the biggest trade of last summer, Rick Nash hasn't posted less than 27 goals in a season since his rookie campaign of 2002-03, and has twice topped 40 goals. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 Draft has two goals and five assists through nine games and leads team forwards in average time on ice at 21:33.

 
 
 
Islanders Storylines
•The Islanders rank third in the East (fourth overall) on the penalty kill at 90.3% (28/31)
•At 3-1-1 on the road, only two Eastern Conference teams (New Jersey, Toronto) have more points than the Islanders' seven away from home
•C John Tavares ranks second among NHL forwards with 22:00 of ice time per game
C Keith Aucoin ranks fifth in the NHL in faceoff percentage among players who have taken at least 35 draws at 60.8% (59-for-97)
The Matchup
Islanders
23.7 (9/38)
90.3 (28/31)
29
30
4-4-1
 

 

 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games

 


Rangers
8.6% (3/35)
78.0 (32/41)
20
25
4-5-0
 
 


New York Islanders projected lines
Forwards
26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes
40 Michael Grabner - 51 Frans Nielsen - 21 Kyle Okposo
41 David Ullstrom - 10 Keith Aucoin - 13 Colin McDonald
17 Matt Martin - 16 Marty Reasoner - 53 Casey Cizikas

Defensemen
37 Brian Strait - 2 Mark Streit
47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey - 7 Matt Carkner

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
39 Rick DiPietro
New York Rangers projected lines
Forwards
61 Rick Nash - 19 Brad Richards - 10 Marian Gaborik
62 Carl Hagelin - 21 Derek Stepan - 14 Taylor Pyatt
45 Aaron Asham - 15 Jeff Halpern - 22 Brian Boyle
20 Chris Kreider - 8 Darroll Powe - 47 J.T. Miller

Defensemen
4 Michael Del Zotto - 18 Marc Staal
6 Anton Stralman - 27 Ryan McDonagh
41 Stu Bickel - 97 Matt Gilroy

Goaltenders
30 Henrik Lundqvist
43 Martin Biron
Quote of the Day

“I was part of another rivalry in Finland during the lockout. The team I played for, Lukko Rauma, and the team Jesse Joensuu played for, Assat Pori, were only half an hour apart. It was pretty crazy, especially in their building. The fans would spit at us when we walked onto the ice. People in both towns couldn’t even talk to each other. It was pretty bad. But it’s still not bigger than Islanders-Rangers.”
 
Islanders center Frans Nielsen, when asked if he had ever seen anything similar to the Isles-Rangers rivalry

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 6 2 4 3 6
J. Bailey 6 2 3 2 5
N. Leddy 6 0 5 1 5
R. Strome 6 2 1 1 3
K. Okposo 6 2 1 1 3
C. Clutterbuck 6 2 1 2 3
B. Nelson 5 2 0 1 2
N. Kulemin 6 1 1 0 2
L. Visnovsky 4 0 2 5 2
J. Boychuk 6 0 2 1 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 3 3 1 .926 2.34
M. Neuvirth 0 0 0 1.000 0.00

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