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

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 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 49 15 26 -7 41
J. Tavares 48 19 21 -4 40
F. Nielsen 51 15 18 0 33
B. Nelson 51 20 11 1 31
M. Grabovski 51 9 15 2 24
J. Bailey 50 9 15 5 24
N. Leddy 51 3 20 -8 23
A. Lee 51 7 15 1 22
R. Strome 40 5 14 -6 19
C. Clutterbuck 50 11 4 6 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 12 11 4 .917 2.28
T. Greiss 14 6 2 .929 2.26
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