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
The Battle of New York heads to Yankee Stadium for the Coors Light Stadium Series. (7:30 p.m., NBCSN, TSN, RDS 2, WCBS 880 AM, LI News 103.9 FM)

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

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 76 34 40 -3 74
R. Strome 75 15 32 19 47
K. Okposo 54 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 75 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 76 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 70 23 16 12 39
J. Bailey 64 15 23 4 38
J. Boychuk 66 8 25 9 33
T. Hamonic 66 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 72 10 19 15 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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