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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. New York Rangers

by Travis Betts / New York Islanders
New York Islanders

10-11-2 (22 points – 5th in Atlantic Division, 10th in Eastern Conference)
4-8-1 home
New York Rangers
11-8-2 (24 points - 4th in Atlantic Division, 8th in Eastern Conference)
2-4-1 road
7:00 p.m.
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Uniondale, NY

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

Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (1-1-0)
The Islanders are 1-1-0 against the heated rival Rangers this season, with both contests coming at Madison Square Garden. In the last meeting on Feb. 14, the Islanders overcame a 2-0 deficit and received goals from Colin McDonald, John Tavares and Brad Boyes, earning a 4-3 shootout win. Evgeni Nabokov made 36 saves, plus two more in the shootout, while Frans Nielsen and Tavares converted their opportunities

Rangers player to watch
Derek Stepan - Center
The 22-year-old center has taken an elevated role in Brad Richards' absence, and is riding a three-game point streak (two goals, two assists). Stepan has been held scoreless in the two previous meetings between these teams, but registered over 21:00 of ice time in each contest. The Hastings, MN native ranks tied for third on the team with 13 points and second with a plus-9 rating.
Islanders Storylines
Thursday's game is the sixth game of the Islanders current seven-game home stand. They are 2-2-1 so far during the stretch.
•Matt Martin leads the NHL with 110 hits
•Mark Streit has assists in three straight games
•The Islanders have won two straight and have five points in their last three games, all at Nassau Coliseum
John Tavares and Matt Moulson have combined for 25 goals, the second-most amongst any two teammates in the league.
The Matchup
23.1% (21/91)
82.7% (67/81)

Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games

14.7% (11/75)
83.3% (65/78)
New York Islanders projected lines
26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes
12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen - 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner - 16 Marty Reasoner - 41 David Ullstrom
17 Matt Martin - 53 Casey Cizikas - 13 Colin McDonald

47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey – 4 Radek Martinek
52 Joe Finley - 2 Mark Streit

20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin

New York Rangers projected lines
62 Carl Hagelin - 21 Derek Stepan - 61 Rick Nash
24 Ryan Callahan - 47 J.T. Miller - 10 Marian Gaborik
14 Taylor Pyatt - 8 Darroll Powe - 22 Brian Boyle
44 Steve Eminger - 32 Micheal Haley - 15 Jeff Halpern

40 Roman Hamrlik - 4 Michael del Zotto
5 Dan Girardi - 41 Stu Bickel
6 Anton Stralman - 27 Ryan McDonagh

30 Henrik Lundqvist
43 Martin Biron

What's Happening at the Coliseum

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Night: Purchase 50/50 raffle tickets and chuck-a-pucks to support the cause, or text “SAFEKIDS” to 20222 to donate $10. For more info visit Gate 3 on the concourse.
Doors open at 5:45pm; lower lobby opens at 5pm
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