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

Thursday, 02.7.2013 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Travis Betts
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Game Preview: New York Islanders at New York Rangers 2\/7\/13
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

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 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 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 50 20 23 -2 43
K. Okposo 51 15 28 -9 43
F. Nielsen 53 15 19 -1 34
B. Nelson 53 20 11 -1 31
M. Grabovski 53 9 16 3 25
A. Lee 53 9 15 0 24
J. Bailey 52 9 15 4 24
N. Leddy 53 3 21 -7 24
R. Strome 42 6 15 -4 21
C. Cizikas 53 5 12 5 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 13 11 4 .918 2.27
T. Greiss 15 6 2 .929 2.24
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