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

Thursday, 02.14.2013 / 12:00 AM / 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 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 49 18 22 9 110 137 45
15 CAR 48 17 25 6 104 125 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 48 23 25 -1 48
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 48 9 25 16 34
B. Nelson 48 15 15 5 30
F. Nielsen 48 9 17 4 26
J. Boychuk 38 4 21 16 25
J. Bailey 36 8 14 7 22
N. Leddy 48 7 14 14 21
N. Kulemin 48 11 9 0 20
A. Lee 42 13 5 6 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 10 0 .912 2.42
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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