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Game Preview: Islanders at Rangers

The Islanders and Rangers take their fight to Broadway.

Friday, 12.20.2013 / 12:00 AM / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: Islanders at Rangers
The Islanders and Rangers take their fight to Broadway. (7:00 p.m., MSG PLUS 2, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM)

New York Islanders
9-19-7 (25 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 15th in Eastern Conference)
4-13-0 road
New York Rangers
16-17-2 (34 points - 5th in Metropolitan Division, 10th in Eastern Conference)
6-9-2 home
7:00  p.m.
Madison Square Garden
New York, NY 
 
Television: MSG PLUS 2
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring

Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM
Play-by-play :Chris King
2013-14 season series (0-1-0)

The Islanders fell 3-2 to the New York Rangers on Oct. 29, the teams’ only meeting at Nassau Coliseum in 2013-14. Cal Clutterbuck and Travis Hamonic had the Islanders up 2-1 heading into the third period, but the Rangers rallied for two goals in the final frame. With 6:54 left to play, Benoit Pouliot scored the winner for the blueshirts and spoiled Thomas Vanek’s Islanders debut.

LAST GAME: 
Oct. 29, 2013: NYR 3, NYI 2 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Rangers player to watch
Rick Nash - Forward

Rick Nash had a tough start to 2013-14, suffering a concussion that kept him out for six weeks, including the first Isles-Rangers game of the season. Nash’s numbers are down as a result (12 points in 18 games), but the big-bodied winger still has tremendous skill and a scoring touch. Nash is a former first overall pick, a Rocket Richard winner and scored 42 points (21g/21a) in 44 games for the Rangers last season. He had three points (1g/2a) in three games against the Islanders last season.
Islanders Storylines
Archrivals: These games are always heated and Oct. 29 was no exception. Even captain John Tavares picked up a 10-minute misconduct at the final horn.
Second Line: Frans Nielsen and Michael Grabner were all over the ice Tuesday, generating odd-man rushes and combining for a second period goal. Grabner also had a team-high seven hits Saturday.
•League Leaders: Andrew MacDonald leads the league with 120 blocked shots while Matt Martin leads the NHL with 170 hits.
30-30: John Tavares (13g/25a) and Kyle Okposo (11g/19a) have both surpassed 30 points this season.
The Matchup
Islanders
15.8% (22nd)
72.2% (30th)
85
121
1-5-4


   
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Rangers
18.1 (14th)
85.0% (7th)
79
95
3-5-2
       
 
  

New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
26 Thomas Vanek – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner – 51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
29 Brock Nelson – 18 Ryan Strome – 15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin – 16 Peter Regin – 36 Eric Boulton

Defensemen
47 Andrew MacDonald –
14 Thomas Hickey
3 Travis Hamonic – 44 Calvin de Haan
55 Aaron Ness – 37 Brian Strait

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
New York Rangers previous game lines
Forwards
20 Chris Kreider
21 Derek Stepan – 61 Rick Nash
19 Brad Richards
16 Derick Brasard 36 Mats Zuccarello
62 Carl Hagelin
22 Brian Boyle 67 Benoit Pouliot
44 Justin Falk
– 28 Dominic Moore 45 Aaron Asham

Defensemen:
 Conor Allen
4 Michael Del Zotto
5 Dan Girardi
27 Ryan McDonagh
17 John Moore
42 Dylan Mcllrath

Goaltenders:
30 Henrik Lundqvist
33 Cam Talbot
Quote of the Day:
Michael Grabner on the second lines' chances:
Last game we had a lot of chances, the game before we were pretty good on the forecheck, finishing our checks and turning pucks over. We just have to build off that and if we keep playing like this, the goals will come.


SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 49 18 22 9 110 137 45
15 CAR 48 17 25 6 104 125 40
16 BUF 49 14 32 3 92 174 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 48 23 25 -1 48
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 48 9 25 16 34
B. Nelson 48 15 15 5 30
F. Nielsen 48 9 17 4 26
J. Boychuk 38 4 21 16 25
J. Bailey 36 8 14 7 22
N. Leddy 48 7 14 14 21
N. Kulemin 48 11 9 0 20
A. Lee 42 13 5 6 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 10 0 .912 2.42
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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