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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 ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Rangers

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.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 53 31 16 6 143 118 68
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 TBL 52 29 19 4 138 123 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
8 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
9 NJD 54 26 21 7 120 122 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 49 15 26 -7 41
J. Tavares 48 19 21 -4 40
F. Nielsen 51 15 18 0 33
B. Nelson 51 20 11 1 31
M. Grabovski 51 9 15 2 24
J. Bailey 50 9 15 5 24
N. Leddy 51 3 20 -8 23
A. Lee 51 7 15 1 22
R. Strome 40 5 14 -6 19
C. Clutterbuck 50 11 4 6 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 12 11 4 .917 2.28
T. Greiss 14 6 2 .929 2.26
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