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
|New York Islanders
20-24-7 (47 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
|New York Rangers
27-21-3 (57 points - 2nd in Metropolitan Division, 5th in Eastern Conference)
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.
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.
• 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.
|New York Islanders previous game lines
26 Thomas Vanek – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
12 Josh Bailey – 51 Frans Nielsen – 15 Cal Clutterbuck
40 Michael Grabner – 29 Brock Nelson – 13 Colin McDonald
36 Eric Boulton – 53 Casey Cizikas – 17 Matt Martin
37 Brian Strait – 47 Andrew MacDonald
46 Matt Donovan – 44 Calvin de Haan
14 Thomas Hickey – 7 Matt Carkner
60 Kevin Poulin
45 Anders Nilsson
|New York Rangers previous game lines
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
27 Ryan McDonagh – 5 Dan Girardi
18 Marc Staal - 6 Anton Stralman
17 John Moore – 4 Michael Del Zotto
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.