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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 60 39 16 5 162 133 83
2 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
3 NYR 59 37 16 6 186 145 80
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
6 DET 59 33 15 11 173 154 77
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 60 26 21 13 145 169 65
10 PHI 61 26 24 11 162 178 63
11 OTT 58 25 23 10 166 161 60
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 59 26 29 4 155 184 56
14 TOR 60 24 31 5 167 183 53
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 61 18 38 5 114 204 41

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 62 29 34 4 63
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 62 13 26 21 39
B. Nelson 62 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 62 11 25 11 36
A. Lee 56 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 50 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 52 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 62 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 52 4 19 16 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 32 13 0 .910 2.49
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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