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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 ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: Islanders at Rangers

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

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 56 27 25 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 56 22 28 6 125 151 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 50 20 23 -2 43
K. Okposo 51 15 28 -9 43
F. Nielsen 53 15 19 -1 34
B. Nelson 53 20 11 -1 31
M. Grabovski 53 9 16 3 25
A. Lee 53 9 15 0 24
J. Bailey 52 9 15 4 24
N. Leddy 53 3 21 -7 24
R. Strome 42 6 15 -4 21
C. Cizikas 53 5 12 5 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 13 11 4 .918 2.27
T. Greiss 15 6 2 .929 2.24
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