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Game Preview: Islanders at Rangers

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

Tuesday, 01.21.2014 / 12:00 AM / 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 PIT 31 21 6 4 99 71 46
2 TBL 33 20 10 3 110 87 43
3 NYI 31 21 10 0 99 89 42
4 DET 32 17 7 8 92 80 42
5 MTL 33 20 11 2 88 82 42
6 TOR 32 19 10 3 110 91 41
7 FLA 30 14 8 8 68 76 36
8 WSH 31 15 10 6 91 85 36
9 BOS 32 16 13 3 81 83 35
10 NYR 29 15 10 4 89 79 34
11 OTT 31 13 12 6 82 86 32
12 CBJ 31 13 15 3 76 100 29
13 PHI 31 11 14 6 81 92 28
14 BUF 32 13 17 2 62 100 28
15 NJD 33 11 16 6 74 96 28
16 CAR 31 9 19 3 66 88 21

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 31 12 15 -5 27
K. Okposo 31 7 20 -3 27
B. Nelson 31 13 11 4 24
R. Strome 31 6 15 10 21
F. Nielsen 31 6 11 0 17
N. Leddy 31 5 10 7 15
J. Boychuk 21 2 12 7 14
M. Grabovski 28 5 7 4 12
N. Kulemin 31 5 7 -3 12
T. Hickey 30 2 9 1 11
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 16 6 0 .917 2.35
C. Johnson 5 4 0 .868 3.59

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