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Game Preview: Islanders at Rangers

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

New York Islanders

9-19-7 (25 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 15th in Eastern Conference)
4-13-0 road
New York Rangers
16-17-2 (34 points - 5th in Metropolitan Division, 10th in Eastern Conference)
6-9-2 home
7:00  p.m.
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 (0-1-0)

The Islanders fell 3-2 to the New York Rangers on Oct. 29, the teams’ only meeting at Nassau Coliseum in 2013-14. Cal Clutterbuck and Travis Hamonic had the Islanders up 2-1 heading into the third period, but the Rangers rallied for two goals in the final frame. With 6:54 left to play, Benoit Pouliot scored the winner for the blueshirts and spoiled Thomas Vanek’s Islanders debut.

Rangers player to watch
Rick Nash - Forward

Rick Nash had a tough start to 2013-14, suffering a concussion that kept him out for six weeks, including the first Isles-Rangers game of the season. Nash’s numbers are down as a result (12 points in 18 games), but the big-bodied winger still has tremendous skill and a scoring touch. Nash is a former first overall pick, a Rocket Richard winner and scored 42 points (21g/21a) in 44 games for the Rangers last season. He had three points (1g/2a) in three games against the Islanders last season.
Islanders Storylines
Archrivals: These games are always heated and Oct. 29 was no exception. Even captain John Tavares picked up a 10-minute misconduct at the final horn.
Second Line: Frans Nielsen and Michael Grabner were all over the ice Tuesday, generating odd-man rushes and combining for a second period goal. Grabner also had a team-high seven hits Saturday.
•League Leaders: Andrew MacDonald leads the league with 120 blocked shots while Matt Martin leads the NHL with 170 hits.
30-30: John Tavares (13g/25a) and Kyle Okposo (11g/19a) have both surpassed 30 points this season.
The Matchup
15.8% (22nd)
72.2% (30th)

Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10

18.1 (14th)
85.0% (7th)

New York Islanders previous game lines
26 Thomas Vanek – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner – 51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
29 Brock Nelson – 18 Ryan Strome – 15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin – 16 Peter Regin – 36 Eric Boulton

47 Andrew MacDonald –
14 Thomas Hickey
3 Travis Hamonic – 44 Calvin de Haan
55 Aaron Ness – 37 Brian Strait

20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
New York Rangers previous game lines
20 Chris Kreider
21 Derek Stepan – 61 Rick Nash
19 Brad Richards
16 Derick Brasard 36 Mats Zuccarello
62 Carl Hagelin
22 Brian Boyle 67 Benoit Pouliot
44 Justin Falk
– 28 Dominic Moore 45 Aaron Asham

 Conor Allen
4 Michael Del Zotto
5 Dan Girardi
27 Ryan McDonagh
17 John Moore
42 Dylan Mcllrath

30 Henrik Lundqvist
33 Cam Talbot
Quote of the Day:
Michael Grabner on the second lines' chances:
Last game we had a lot of chances, the game before we were pretty good on the forecheck, finishing our checks and turning pucks over. We just have to build off that and if we keep playing like this, the goals will come.

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