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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. New York Rangers

by Travis Betts / New York Islanders
New York Islanders

4-4-3 (11 points – 2nd in Metropolitan Division, 7th in Eastern Conference)
2-2-3 home
New York Rangers
3-7-0 (6 points - 8th in Metropolitan Division, 15th in Eastern Conference)
3-6-0 road
7:00 p.m.
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Uniondale, NY
Television: MSG PLUS
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring

Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
2012-13 season series (1-1-2)
The Islanders and and Rangers met in mid-April in what turned out to be a crucial game toward both teams' playoff positioning. Despite outshooting the Rangers 29-19, the Islanders were unable to find the back of the net, with Matt Carkner and Colin McDonald each hitting the post in regulation. Neither team scored through 60 minutes at a loud, packed Nassau Coliseum, setting the stage for Dan Girardi's goal at 3:11 of overtime. The teams will meet five times in 2013-14, but Tuesday will be the only contest at Nassau Coliseum. They will play three times at Madison Square Garden and once at Yankee Stadium.
Rangers player to watch
Brad Richards - Center

After a down 2012-13 campaign, Brad Richards is off to a hot start with a team-leading eight points (five goals, three assists) in 10 games. The Islanders held Richards to just two points (both assists) in three head-to-head games last season. The Murray Harbour, PEI native has posted 60-plus points in 10 of his 11 82-game seasons, only missing the mark during an injury-plagued 2008-09 season.

Islanders Storylines
• John Tavares has points in 10 straight games (four goals, nine assists).
• Newly-acquired left wing Thomas Vanek will play his first game with the Islanders. In 598 career NHL games, Vanek has 497 points (254 goals, 243 assists).
• The Islanders rank 2nd in the NHL and 1st in the Eastern Conference at 27.8-percent (10-for-36) on the power play. The Islanders sit atop the league at 32.1-percent (9-for-28) on home ice.
The Matchup
27.8% (1st)
84.8% (6th)

Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10

15.6 (20th)
81.0% (17th)

New York Islanders previous game lines
26 Matt Moulson – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
96 Pierre-Marc Bouchard – 51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
40 Michael Grabner – 16 Peter Regin – 15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 36 Eric Boulton

47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey - 4 Radek Martinek
46 Matt Donovan - 7 Matt Carkner

60 Kevin Poulin
20 Evgeni Nabokov
New York Rangers previous game lines
14 Taylor Pyatt - 22 Brian Boyle - 15 Derek Dorsett
21 Derek Stepan - 19 Brad Richards - 20 Chris Kreider
67 Benoit Pouliot - 10 JT Miller - 16 Derick Brassard
12 Jesper Fast - 28 Dominic Moore - 36 Mats Zuccarello
5 Dan Girardi - 27 Ryan McDonagh
6 Anton Stralman - 18 Marc Staal
4 Michael del Zotto - 17 John Moore

30 Henrik Lundqvist
33 Cam Talbot
What's Happening at the Coliseum:

• Lower Lobby Opens at 5:00 p.m.
Hockey Fights Cancer: Proceeds from pink cotton candy sales go to HFC campaign / $1 donation slips available on concourse
50/50 benefitting Autism Speaks
Mercedes Benz of Massapequa Chuck-A-Puck
Halloween Basket Raffle at Gate 11 - Purchase $5 raffle tickets and get a chance to win a player's Halloween basket
Military jersey auction

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