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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 PIT 31 21 6 4 99 71 46
2 TBL 33 20 10 3 110 87 43
3 NYI 31 21 10 0 99 89 42
4 MTL 32 20 10 2 87 80 42
5 DET 32 17 7 8 92 80 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 32 16 13 3 81 83 35
10 NYR 29 15 10 4 89 79 34
11 OTT 31 13 12 6 82 86 32
12 CBJ 31 13 15 3 76 100 29
13 PHI 31 11 14 6 81 92 28
14 BUF 32 13 17 2 62 100 28
15 NJD 33 11 16 6 74 96 28
16 CAR 31 9 19 3 66 88 21

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 31 12 15 -5 27
K. Okposo 31 7 20 -3 27
B. Nelson 31 13 11 4 24
R. Strome 31 6 15 10 21
F. Nielsen 31 6 11 0 17
N. Leddy 31 5 10 7 15
J. Boychuk 21 2 12 7 14
M. Grabovski 28 5 7 4 12
N. Kulemin 31 5 7 -3 12
T. Hickey 30 2 9 1 11
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 16 6 0 .917 2.35
C. Johnson 5 4 0 .868 3.59

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