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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PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
M. Neuvirth 1 3 1 .881 2.94

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