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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Rangers

The Islanders and Rangers play their season series finale at the Garden.

Friday, 01.31.2014 / 12:00 AM / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Rangers
The Islanders and Rangers play their season series finale at the Garden. (7:00 p.m., MSG PLUS 2, WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News 103.9 FM)

New York Islanders
21-27-8 (50 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
13-15-0 road
New York Rangers
29-23-3 (61 points - 2nd in Metropolitan Division, 6th in Eastern Conference)
12-13-3 home
7:00  p.m.
Madison Square Garden
New York, NY
 

Television: MSG Plus 2
Play-by-play:
Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News 103.9 FM
Play-by-play :Chris King
2013-14 season series (2-2-0)

The Islanders are 2-2 in their season series with the Rangers, with the road team winning each of the four games. In their most recent outing, the Isles and Rangers took their rivalry outside, skating at Yankee Stadium for the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series. Brock Nelson opened the scoring late in the second, but the Rangers scored two unanswered goals for the 2-1 win. Evgeni Nabokov made 32 saves in the loss. 

LAST GAME: 
Jan. 29, 2014: NYI 2, NYI 1 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Rangers player to watch
Derek Stepan - Forward

Derek Stepan’s five-game point streak (three goals, five assists) came to an end Wednesday at Yankee Stadium, but the Rangers center is still playing some inspired hockey. Stepan has 35 points (10g/25a) in 55 games this season and could surpass his career-high (51 points) by the end of the campaign. The Hastings, MN, native was named to the US Olympic Team in January and has one goal and three assists in four games against the Islanders this season.
Islanders Storylines
Series Wrap-Up: This is the last regular-season meeting between the Islanders and Rangers this year. The teams are 2-2 through four games and the winner of tonight’s game will win the series.
Back Indoors: After playing outside at Yankee Stadium, the teams return indoors at Madison Square Garden, where the Islanders have won twice this season and three straight overall.
Top Scorers: John Tavares is second in league scoring with 64 points (23g/41a), while Kyle Okposo is tied for sixth with 57 points (23g/34a).
The Matchup
Islanders
17.2% (21st)
76.4% (30th)
158
187
4-5-1


   
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Rangers
20.2 (9th)
83.4% (10th)
141
139
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 – 46 Matt Donovan
 
Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
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:
Evgeni Nabokov on the Yankee Stadium experience:
You never really know [how it's going to be] until you’re out there and you see that great atmosphere... I loved every second of it.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 61 26 31 4 157 191 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 62 25 32 5 170 189 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 64 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 64 14 27 22 41
B. Nelson 64 17 19 7 36
F. Nielsen 64 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 58 20 13 13 33
J. Bailey 52 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 54 7 23 16 30
N. Leddy 64 8 18 15 26
T. Hamonic 54 4 21 15 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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