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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. New York Rangers

Saturday, 04.13.2013 / 12:00 AM / News
By Travis Betts
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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. New York Rangers
Islanders look for their fourth straight win as they face the Rangers on home ice
New York Islanders
21-16-4 (46 points – 2nd in Atlantic Division, 7th in Eastern Conference)
9-11-2 home
New York Rangers
20-16-4 (44 points - 3rd in Atlantic Division, 8th in Eastern Conference)
7-10-2 road
7:00 p.m.
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Uniondale, NY
 
 
Television: MSG+
Play-by-play: Jiggs McDonald; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (1-1-1)
The Islanders only win of the season series thus far came in a shootout at Madison Square Garden on February 14. Frans Nielsen and John Tavares each scored for the Isles in the breakaway competition. In the last matchup on Mar. 7, Michael Grabner scored for the Isles in regulation but Marian Gaborik won it for the Blueshirts in overtime, 2-1 at Nassau Coliseum.


Mar. 7, 2013: NYR 2, NYI 1 (OT) - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Rangers player to watch
Derick Brassard - Center

The Rangers acquired the 2006 sixth overall pick along with Derek Dorsett, John Moore and a 2014 sixth-round pick for Marian Gaborik, Steven Delisle, and Jake Partlett at last week’s trade deadline. In his first game as a Ranger, the Hull, Quebec native notched a career-high four points (one goal, three assists) against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He also notched an assist in the Rangers’ 3-2 shootout win over Toronto on Wednesday.

Islanders Storylines
•The Islanders are coming off a 2-1 win at the Boston Bruins Thursday night. With the victory, the Isles are now 8-1-1 in their last 10 games.
Josh Bailey led the way for the Islanders in the win over Boston with his fifth career two-goal game. Bailey has seven points (four goals, three assists) in his last six games.
Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov has played remarkably well in his last nine games, going 7-1-1 and allowing 13 goals since March 24 vs. Florida.
The Matchup
Islanders
20.9% (28/134)
80.8% (97/120)
119
121
8-1-1
  
 
 
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games

  
     
  
Rangers
16.5% (20/121)
82.2% (106/129)
99
96
5-3-2
    
  
 
 
New York Islanders previous game 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
6 Jesse Joensuu – 53 Casey Cizikas – 17 Matt Martin

Defensemen
3 Travis Hamonic - 47 Andrew MacDonald
2 Mark Streit – 7 Matt Carkner
14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin

New York Rangers previous game lines
Forwards
61 Rick Nash – 21 Derek Stepan - 24 Ryan Callahan
29 Ryan Clowe  – 19 Brad Richards - 36 Mats Zuccarello
62 Carl Hagelin  – 16 Derick Brassard - 22 Brian Boyle
14 Taylor Pyatt – 8 Darroll Powe -  45 Aaron Asham

Defensemen
5 Dan Girardi - 27 Ryan McDonagh
4 Michael Del Zotto – 6 Anton Stralman
17 John Moore - 44 Steve Eminger

Goaltenders
30 Henrik Lundqvist
43 Martin Biron

What's Happening at the Coliseum

Lower Lobby Opens at 5pm
Doors Open at 5:45pm
FourSquare Offer: Check into Nassau Coliseum and unlock 10% off your purchase at the Islanders Team Store (First 50 receive a FREE gift)
Team Store Scratch off Ticket Offer
50/50 Raffle
•Chuck-a-puck
Fan Appreciation Fan of the Game

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 64 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 64 14 27 22 41
B. Nelson 64 17 19 7 36
F. Nielsen 64 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 58 20 13 13 33
J. Bailey 52 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 54 7 23 16 30
N. Leddy 64 8 18 15 26
T. Hamonic 54 4 21 15 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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