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By Adam Baruch and Chris King


The Islanders and Rangers have already squared off twice this season – both at Nassau Coliseum – with the Islanders coming out victorious in both contests. Tonight the teams will meet up for the first time at Madison Square Garden where - as of late - the Islanders have found success. The Islanders have either tied or won the season series against the Rangers at the Garden in five of the last seven seasons, compiling an 11-8-3 record since the beginning of the 1999-00 campaign. In 2006-07 the Islanders went 3-0-1 at Madison Square Garden, including some memorable games.

All-Time: 94-94-19-3
Home: 59-37-8-2
Road: 35-57-11-1
OT: 4-8-17          
Last Win: 11/6/07, Islanders 3, Rangers 2
Last Loss: 3/25/07, Islanders 1, Rangers 2 (OT)
2006-07: Islanders won series 5-1-2 (2-1-1 at home; 3-0-1 on road)
2007-08: Islanders lead series 2-0-0

2007-08 Season Series:
October 10, 2007  Islanders 2, NY Rangers 1  
November 6, 2007 Islanders 3, NY, Rangers 2
November 19, 2007  Islanders at NY Rangers, 7:00 p.m.
November 29, 2007 Islanders at NY Rangers, 7:00 p.m.
March 4, 2008     Islanders at NY Rangers, 7:00 p.m.
March 6, 2008  Islanders vs. NY Rangers, 7:00 p.m.
April 3, 2008 Islanders vs. NY Rangers, 7:00 p.m.
April 4, 2008  Islanders vs. NY Rangers, 7:00 p.m.
*All times EST  



Islanders 7, New York Rangers 3 – December 3, 2006
The Islanders received four goals from Victor Kozlov while Miroslav Satan, Chris Simon and Arron Asham each chipped in a goal as the Islanders scored seven times on just 21 shots. Rick DiPietro was solid in goal, stopping 39 of 43 shots. The Rangers pulled goalie Henrik Lundqvist after allowing four goals on eight shots and replaced him with backup Kevin Weekes, who did not fair much better, allowing three more goals on just 13 shots. Chris Simon added two more assists for a three-point night. Brendan Shanahan was the lone bright spot for the Rangers, tallying a hat-trick in the loss.

Islanders 4, New York Rangers 3 – December 19, 2006
The Islanders defeated the Rangers for the second time of the season at Madison Square Garden behind a natural hat trick from Jason Blake. Brendan Shanahan got the Rangers on the board first, with a goal 8:58 into the first period, but Jason Blake recorded the next three goals in the game and Alexei Yashin netted the fourth for the Islanders, who had a commanding 4-1 lead well into the second period. Rick DiPietro again was solid in net, stopping 30 of the 33 shots he faced for the win.

Islanders 5, New York Rangers 3 – January 9, 2007
Brendan Witt picked up his first goal of the year and Mike Sillinger had two goals as the Islanders were victorious for the third consecutive time playing at the Garden. The teams were knotted at 2-2 after one period of play. The game went back-and-forth throughout the rest of the contest as Sillinger would give the Islanders a 3-2 lead after two periods which was quickly erased by a Brendan Shanahan game-tying goal just 42 seconds into the third. Victor Kozlov would score the game-winner for the Islanders at 5:44 into the third and then just 27 seconds later Mike Sillinger would score his second goal of the contest to seal the victory.

Islanders 1, New York Rangers 2 (SO) – March 5, 2007
The Islanders fell to the Rangers at the Garden for the first time of the season – in a shootout – but not before Rick DiPietro would tally one of the most remarkable performances for a goaltender in Islanders history. DiPietro stopped a career-high and team record 56 shots, but it was not enough as the Islanders were outdone in a shootout, losing the game 2-1. Matt Cullen scored the only goal of the shootout for the victory, but it was DiPietro who highlighted the night with his 56 saves, including 17 in the first period, 19 in the second and 19 in the third. Four separate Rangers had six-or-more shots on goal, but found themselves 0-for-7 on the power-play. Jason Blake gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead in the first, but Peter Prucha scored 26 seconds into the third period to tie the game and send it to overtime.


Most saves by an Islanders goaltender vs. the Rangers:
(All of the top-5 were on the road)
56 - Rick DiPietro, 3/5/07
46 - Billy Smith, 11/11/73
45 - Tommy Soderstrom, 4/28/95
42 - Jamie McLennan, 11/10/95
42 - Mark Fitzpatrick, 11/12/89
42 - Billy Smith, 12/26/76

Most saves by an Islanders goaltender in any game:
56 - DiPietro at Rangers, 3/5/07
55 - Felix Potvin at NJ, 4/12/99
51 - Glenn Healy vs. Van, 1/16/90
49 - Roland Melanson at PHI, 11/23/83
47 - Kevin Weekes vs. Chi, 4/1/00
47 - Eric Fichaud vs. Chi, 1/25/97
47 - Kelly Hrudey at STL, 10/26/85
47 - Kelly Hrudey at STL, 12/29/84
47 - Billy Smith at WPG, 11/30/84

With two days off between games and the Islanders’ last opponent being New Jersey and upcoming opponent being the New York Rangers, we decided to take a look at the players to lace up their skates for all three organizations. There are a total of seven players that have appeared in an Islander, Ranger and Devil uniform at some point in their career. Below is a breakdown of those players and their numbers with each team:

Players to appear for NYI/NJD/NYR:

4 Skaters:
Joel Bouchard
    For NYI: 25 GP, 1 G, 8 A
    For NYR: 55 GP, 6 G, 14 A
    For NJ: 1 GP, 0 G, 1 A

Pat Conacher
    For NYI: 13 GP, 1 G, 1 A
    For NYR: 22 GP, 0 G, 6 A
    For NJ: 193 GP, 24 G, 29 A

Vladimir Malakhov
    For NYI: 166 GP, 27 G, 98 A
    For NYR: 211 GP, 12 G, 53 A
    For NJ: 46 GP, 5 G, 9 A

Sergei Nemchinov
    For NYI: 141 GP, 18 G, 27 A
    For NYR: 418 GP, 105 G, 120 A
    For NJ: 196 GP, 27 G, 43 A

3 Goaltenders:
Mike Dunham
    For NYI: 19 GP, 4-10-3, 3.74 GAA, .889 SV%
    For NYR: 100 GP, 35-47-11, 2.70 GAA, .908 SV%
    For NJ: 41 GP, 13-12-4, 2.42 GAA, .909 SV%

John Vanbiesbrouck
    For NYI: 44 GP, 10-25-5, 3.01 GAA, .898 SV%
    For NYR: 449 GP, 200-177-47, 3.45 GAA, .889 SV%
    For NJ: 9 GP, 6-3-0, 1.78 GAA, .924 SV%

Kevin Weekes
    For NYI: 36 GP, 10-20-4, 3.41 GAA, .902 SV%
    For NYR: 46 GP, 18-20-5, 3.08 GAA, .890 SV%
    For NJ: 4 GP, 2-0-1, 2.09 GAA, .930 SV%

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