Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. New York Rangers

Thursday, 03.7.2013 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Travis Betts
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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. New York Rangers
Isles play rival Rangers at home for the first time in 2012-13
New York Islanders
10-11-2 (22 points – 5th in Atlantic Division, 10th in Eastern Conference)
4-8-1 home
New York Rangers
11-8-2 (24 points - 4th in Atlantic Division, 8th in Eastern Conference)
2-4-1 road
7:00 p.m.
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Uniondale, NY

Television: MSG+2
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (1-1-0)
The Islanders are 1-1-0 against the heated rival Rangers this season, with both contests coming at Madison Square Garden. In the last meeting on Feb. 14, the Islanders overcame a 2-0 deficit and received goals from Colin McDonald, John Tavares and Brad Boyes, earning a 4-3 shootout win. Evgeni Nabokov made 36 saves, plus two more in the shootout, while Frans Nielsen and Tavares converted their opportunities

Feb. 14, 2013: NYI 4, NYR 3 (OT) - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Rangers player to watch
Derek Stepan - Center
The 22-year-old center has taken an elevated role in Brad Richards' absence, and is riding a three-game point streak (two goals, two assists). Stepan has been held scoreless in the two previous meetings between these teams, but registered over 21:00 of ice time in each contest. The Hastings, MN native ranks tied for third on the team with 13 points and second with a plus-9 rating.
 
Islanders Storylines
Thursday's game is the sixth game of the Islanders current seven-game home stand. They are 2-2-1 so far during the stretch.
•Matt Martin leads the NHL with 110 hits
•Mark Streit has assists in three straight games
•The Islanders have won two straight and have five points in their last three games, all at Nassau Coliseum
John Tavares and Matt Moulson have combined for 25 goals, the second-most amongst any two teammates in the league.
The Matchup
Islanders
23.1% (21/91)
82.7% (67/81)
70
78
5-4-1
    

 
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games

 
 
  
Rangers
14.7% (11/75)
83.3% (65/78)
55
53
5-3-2
 
 
 
 
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 - 16 Marty Reasoner - 41 David Ullstrom
17 Matt Martin - 53 Casey Cizikas - 13 Colin McDonald

Defensemen
47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey – 4 Radek Martinek
52 Joe Finley - 2 Mark Streit

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin

New York Rangers projected lines
Forwards
62 Carl Hagelin - 21 Derek Stepan - 61 Rick Nash
24 Ryan Callahan - 47 J.T. Miller - 10 Marian Gaborik
14 Taylor Pyatt - 8 Darroll Powe - 22 Brian Boyle
44 Steve Eminger - 32 Micheal Haley - 15 Jeff Halpern

Defensemen
40 Roman Hamrlik - 4 Michael del Zotto
5 Dan Girardi - 41 Stu Bickel
6 Anton Stralman - 27 Ryan McDonagh

Goaltenders
30 Henrik Lundqvist
43 Martin Biron

What's Happening at the Coliseum

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Night: Purchase 50/50 raffle tickets and chuck-a-pucks to support the cause, or text “SAFEKIDS” to 20222 to donate $10. For more info visit Gate 3 on the concourse.
Doors open at 5:45pm; lower lobby opens at 5pm
FourSquare Offer: Check into Nassau Coliseum and unlock 10% off your purchase at the Islanders Team Store (first 50 receive a special gift)
Team Store Offer: Spend $100 and receive a NY Islanders fleece, or spend $150 and receive 2 tickets to a select future game
50/50 Raffle

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
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 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
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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