Game Preview: Islanders at Rangers

The Islanders and Rangers play a pivotal game at the Garden.

Tuesday, 01.21.2014 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: Islanders at Rangers
The Islanders and Rangers play a pivotal game at the Garden. (7:00 p.m., MSG PLUS 2, WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News 103.9 FM)

New York Islanders
20-24-7 (47 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
12-15-0 road
New York Rangers
27-21-3 (57 points - 2nd in Metropolitan Division, 5th in Eastern Conference)
12-11-3 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 (1-1-0)

The Islanders and Rangers split the first two games of their season series, with the road team claiming each victory. In their most recent outing, the Islanders gutted out a 5-3 win, as Michael Grabner scored a pair of goals and Thomas Vanek netted the winner 1:18 into the third period. The win kickstarted an Islanders road winning streak, as the team went on to win eight-of-nine games on the road.

LAST GAME: 
Dec. 20, 2013: NYI 5, NYR 3 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Rangers player to watch
Chris Kreider - Forward

Chris Kreider is taking a big step forward in his second season with the Rangers. The sophomore winger has 27 points (12g/15a) in 44 games this season, nine times the output of his rookie year (three points in 23 games). Kreider is fourth in team scoring, but leads the Rangers with a plus-15 rating. Kreider has a goal and an assist in two games against the Islanders this season.
Islanders Storylines
First of Three: The Islanders and Rangers play each other three times in 11 days. Two of the three meetings are at Madison Square Garden while the third will be played at Yankee Stadium.
Okposo: Kyle Okposo picked up a Gordie Howe hat trick Monday afternoon against the Flyers. Okposo has 20 goals and 29 assists this season.
Road Islanders: The Islanders have won eight of their last 10 road games.
Nelson: Brock Nelson has three points (2g/1a) in his last two games.
The Matchup
Islanders
18.9% (14th)
76.0% (30th)
142
166
7-3-0


   
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Rangers
20.9 (7th)
84.0% (9th)
128
128
7-2-1
       
 
  

New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
26 Thomas Vanek – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
12 Josh Bailey – 51 Frans Nielsen – 15 Cal Clutterbuck
40 Michael Grabner 29 Brock Nelson13 Colin McDonald
36 Eric Boulton – 53 Casey Cizikas –
17 Matt Martin

Defensemen
37 Brian Strait 47 Andrew MacDonald 
46 Matt Donovan – 44 Calvin de Haan
14 Thomas Hickey – 7 Matt Carkner
 
Goaltenders
60 Kevin Poulin
45 Anders Nilsson
New York Rangers previous game lines
Forwards
20 Chris Kreider – 21 Derek Stepan – 61 Rick Nash
62 Carl Hagelin - 19 Brad Richards – 24 Ryan Callahan
67 Benoit Pouliot 16 Derick Brasard – 36 Mats Zuccarello
22 Brian Boyle – 28 Dominic Moore – 13 Dan Carcillo

Defensemen:
27 Ryan McDonagh – 5 Dan Girardi
18 Marc Staal - 6 Anton Stralman
17 John Moore – 4 Michael Del Zotto

Goaltenders:
30 Henrik Lundqvist
33 Cam Talbot

Quote of the Day:
Islanders head coach Jack Capuano on Okposo's fight:
Obviously this is a crucial stretch for us and its going to be contagious for all of our guys. He’s a leader on our team and he’s going to do what it takes to win.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
5 PIT 77 42 24 11 211 194 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 PHI 77 31 29 17 202 220 79
12 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 78 29 43 6 204 249 64
16 BUF 77 22 47 8 152 258 52

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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