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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Rangers

The Battle of New York heads to Yankee Stadium for the Coors Light Stadium Series.

Wednesday, 01.29.2014 / 12:57 AM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Rangers

New York Islanders
21-26-8 (50 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
8-11-8 home
New York Rangers
28-23-3 (59 points - 2nd in Metropolitan Division, 6th in Eastern Conference)
16-10-3 road
7:30  p.m.
Yankee Stadium
New York, NY
 

Television: NBCSN, TSN
Play-by-play:
Mike 'Doc' Emrick; Color: Eddie Olczyk


Radio: WCBS 880AM, LI News 103.9 FM
Play-by-play :Chris King; Color: Rob Joyce
2013-14 season series (2-1-0)

The Islanders have won two straight against the Rangers and have taken a 2-1 lead in the season series. Thomas Vanek scored the game-winning goal in each win, both coming at Madison Square Garden. In the most recent outing,  the Islanders trailed 2-0 and 3-1, but stormed back with four-unanswered goals in a 5-3 win.

LAST GAME: 
Jan. 21, 2014: NYI 5, NYR 3 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Rangers player to watch
Marc Staal - Forward

Marc Staal notched a goal and an assist in the Rangers’ 7-3 win over the Devils on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. With the Rangers trailing 3-1 in the first period, the shutdown defenseman scored his third goal of the season triggering six unanswered goals by the Rangers. Staal, and teammate Anton Stralman, finished Sunday’s game as a plus-4, setting an NHL record for highest plus/minus in a regular season outdoor game.
Islanders Storylines
Home-and-home (kind of): The Islanders will serve as the “home team” at Yankee Stadium before playing the Rangers at MSG on Friday. Friday will be the teams’ third meeting in 11 days.
Take It Outside: The Islanders are playing their first outdoor game in team history. Thomas Vanek is the only member of the team that has played an NHL game outdoors (2008 Winter Classic with Buffalo).
Neutral Site: Today marks the fifth time the Islanders played at a non-NHL venue. The Islanders are 3-0-1 in the previous four.
Okposo: Kyle Okposo is sixth in league scoring (23-34-57) and is on a six-game point streak (4-7-11). 
The Matchup
Islanders
17.6% (19th)
76.2% (30th)
157
185
5-4-1


   
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Rangers
20.3 (7th)
83.0% (11th)
139
138
7-3-0
       
 
  

New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
26 Thomas Vanek – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
16 Peter Regin – 51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
40 Michael Grabner 29 Brock Nelson15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas –
13 Colin McDonald

Defensemen

37 Brian Strait 47 Andrew MacDonald 
14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
44 Calvin de Haan – 7 Matt Carkner
 
Goaltenders
60 Kevin Poulin
20 Evgeni Nabokov
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 Brassard – 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 – 8 Kevin Klein

Goaltenders
30 Henrik Lundqvist
33 Cam Talbot

Stadium Series Coverage:
Enjoying the Outdoor Experience
Practice Updates
Outdoor Game Evokes Childhood Memories
Bailey's First-Hand Account
More Stories
Stadium Series Videos

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
4 TBL 50 28 18 4 131 115 60
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 49 25 17 7 126 122 57
10 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
11 CAR 52 23 21 8 124 138 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 53 20 28 5 133 167 45

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 46 17 19 -4 36
K. Okposo 47 12 24 -9 36
B. Nelson 49 20 11 1 31
F. Nielsen 49 15 16 -2 31
M. Grabovski 49 9 15 2 24
J. Bailey 48 8 15 5 23
A. Lee 49 7 14 1 21
N. Leddy 49 3 16 -12 19
R. Strome 38 5 13 -6 18
N. Kulemin 49 5 9 6 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 12 10 4 .921 2.18
T. Greiss 13 6 2 .927 2.32
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