Game Preview: New York Islanders at New York Rangers 2/14/13

Thursday, 02.14.2013 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Greg Picker
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Game Preview: New York Islanders at New York Rangers 2\/14\/13
Isles rematch the Rangers at Madison Square Garden Thursday
New York Islanders
4-7-1 (9 points – 5th in Atlantic Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
3-2-1 road
New York Rangers
7-5-0 (14 points – 3rd in Atlantic Division, 8th in Eastern Conference)
5-2-0 home
7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden
New York, NY

Television: MSG+
Howie Rose: Play-by-play, Butch Goring: Color

Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (0-1-0)
The Islanders and Rangers met a week ago Thursday in a 4-1 victory for the Rangers at MSG. Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 of the 28 shots he faced, as John Tavares was the only Islanders player who could beat him. 2011 15th overall pick J.T. Miller scored his first two career goals.

Feb. 7, 2013: NYR 4, NYI 1 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Rangers player to watch
Marian Gaborik - Right Wing
Gaborik is tied for second on the team in scoring with nine points in 12 games. The Slovak leads the Rangers with six goals on the year and scored the game-winning goal in last week’s game against the Islanders.
 

 
 
Islanders Storylines
•John Tavares and Matt Moulson have each tallied more points against the Rangers than any other team. Tavares has 20 points in 18 games, while Moulson has 21 points in 20 games.
•The Islanders power play connected on 4-of-5 opportunities Monday vs. Carolina, marking the first time since April 8, 2006 the team scored four power play goals in one game.
•Thursday’s game will be the sixth consecutive game the Islanders have played in New York State. The team will play two more at home before heading to Ottawa to face the Senators on Feb. 19.
The Matchup
Islanders
25.5 (12/51)
89.5 (34/38)
36
43
3-6-1
 

 
 
  

 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games

 
 



Rangers
9.1% (4/44)
82.7% (43/52)
33
30
7-3-0
 
 
 
 
 

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

Defensemen
14 Thomas Hickey - 2 Mark Streit
47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic
37 Brian Strait - 11 Lubomir Visnovsky

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
39 Rick DiPietro
New York Rangers projected lines
Forwards
14 Taylor Pyatt - 19 Brad Richards - 10 Marian Gaborik
62 Carl Hagelin - 21 Derek Stepan - 61 Rick Nash
20 Chris Kreider - 47 J.T. Miller - 24 Ryan Callahan
45 Aaron Asham - 15 Jeff Halpern - 8 Darroll Powe

Defensemen
27 Ryan McDonagh - 5 Dan Girardi
18 Marc Staal - 6 Anton Stralman
4 Michael Del Zotto - 97 Matt Gilroy

Goaltenders
30 Henrik Lundqvist
1 Martin Biron

Quote of the Day

"As far as the power play goes, it’s about getting pucks to the net, and outnumbering them and converging. That’s why we’ve had some success. We get in the zone and we’re not wasting too much time to try to get our shots through. I think our power play has done a good job with that and we’ve isolated guys and found those 2-on-1s like we need."

-Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 76 34 40 -3 74
R. Strome 75 15 32 19 47
K. Okposo 54 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 75 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 76 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 70 23 16 12 39
J. Bailey 64 15 23 4 38
J. Boychuk 66 8 25 9 33
T. Hamonic 66 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 72 10 19 15 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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