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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. New York Rangers

by Travis Betts / New York Islanders
New York Islanders

21-16-4 (46 points – 2nd in Atlantic Division, 7th in Eastern Conference)
9-11-2 home
New York Rangers
20-16-4 (44 points - 3rd in Atlantic Division, 8th in Eastern Conference)
7-10-2 road
7:00 p.m.
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Uniondale, NY
Television: MSG+
Play-by-play: Jiggs McDonald; Color: Butch Goring

Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (1-1-1)
The Islanders only win of the season series thus far came in a shootout at Madison Square Garden on February 14. Frans Nielsen and John Tavares each scored for the Isles in the breakaway competition. In the last matchup on Mar. 7, Michael Grabner scored for the Isles in regulation but Marian Gaborik won it for the Blueshirts in overtime, 2-1 at Nassau Coliseum.

Rangers player to watch
Derick Brassard - Center

The Rangers acquired the 2006 sixth overall pick along with Derek Dorsett, John Moore and a 2014 sixth-round pick for Marian Gaborik, Steven Delisle, and Jake Partlett at last week’s trade deadline. In his first game as a Ranger, the Hull, Quebec native notched a career-high four points (one goal, three assists) against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He also notched an assist in the Rangers’ 3-2 shootout win over Toronto on Wednesday.

Islanders Storylines
•The Islanders are coming off a 2-1 win at the Boston Bruins Thursday night. With the victory, the Isles are now 8-1-1 in their last 10 games.
Josh Bailey led the way for the Islanders in the win over Boston with his fifth career two-goal game. Bailey has seven points (four goals, three assists) in his last six games.
Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov has played remarkably well in his last nine games, going 7-1-1 and allowing 13 goals since March 24 vs. Florida.
The Matchup
20.9% (28/134)
80.8% (97/120)
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games

16.5% (20/121)
82.2% (106/129)
New York Islanders previous game lines
26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes
12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen – 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner  – 10 Keith Aucoin - 13 Colin McDonald
6 Jesse Joensuu – 53 Casey Cizikas – 17 Matt Martin

3 Travis Hamonic - 47 Andrew MacDonald
2 Mark Streit – 7 Matt Carkner
14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky

20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin

New York Rangers previous game lines
61 Rick Nash – 21 Derek Stepan - 24 Ryan Callahan
29 Ryan Clowe  – 19 Brad Richards - 36 Mats Zuccarello
62 Carl Hagelin  – 16 Derick Brassard - 22 Brian Boyle
14 Taylor Pyatt – 8 Darroll Powe -  45 Aaron Asham

5 Dan Girardi - 27 Ryan McDonagh
4 Michael Del Zotto – 6 Anton Stralman
17 John Moore - 44 Steve Eminger

30 Henrik Lundqvist
43 Martin Biron

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