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 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Bailey 5 2 3 2 5
J. Tavares 5 1 3 0 4
K. Okposo 5 2 1 1 3
N. Leddy 5 0 3 -2 3
R. Strome 5 2 0 0 2
B. Nelson 4 2 0 0 2
C. Clutterbuck 5 1 1 1 2
L. Visnovsky 4 0 2 5 2
C. Cizikas 5 1 0 1 1
C. de Haan 5 0 1 -2 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 2 3 1 .913 2.61
M. Neuvirth 0 0 0 1.000 0.00

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