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Islanders at Rangers preview

Lehner in goal, has won past seven starts, will oppose Lundqvist

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

ISLANDERS (23-14-4) at RANGERS (17-18-7)

7 p.m. ET; MSG, MSG+2, NHL.TV


The Game

The New York Rangers will try to end a four-game losing streak when they host the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.

The Rangers have been outscored 22-5 during the losing streak, including 15-3 during an 0-3-0 road trip.

The Islanders will try for their seventh victory in eight games; they had their six-game winning streak end in a 4-3 loss against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.


Players to watch

Islanders rookie defenseman Devon Toews has three points (two goals, one assist) in his past three games.

Rangers center Mika Zibanejad ended a nine-game goal drought against the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday.


They said it

"One of the things that you have to understand if you're going to be a consistent team is that you lose a game, it's the next game, because all the good work you might have done for two weeks can go out the window in the next week's work." -- Islanders coach Barry Trotz 

"The stretch between Christmas and everybody's break really makes or breaks your season. We've obviously put ourselves in a difficult position over the last week where now it's really make or break for us here in the next 10 days. These are pivotal games." -- Rangers coach David Quinn


Islanders projected lineup

Anthony Beauvillier -- Mathew Barzal -- Josh Bailey

Anders Lee -- Brock Nelson -- Jordan Eberle

Michael Dal Colle -- Valtteri Filppula -- Leo Komarov

Matt Martin -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Adam Pelech -- Ryan Pulock

Devon Toews -- Scott Mayfield

Robin Lehner

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Tom Kuhnhackl, Luca Sbisa, Ross Johnston

Injured: Andrew Ladd (lower body), Thomas Hickey (upper body)


Rangers projected lineup

Chris Kreider -- Mika Zibanejad -- Mats Zuccarello

Filip Chytil -- Ryan Strome -- Jesper Fast

Jimmy Vesey -- Brett Howden -- Vladislav Namestnikov

Cody McLeod -- Boo Nieves -- Pavel Buchnevich

Marc Staal -- Neal Pionk

Brady Skjei -- Adam McQuaid

Fredrik Claesson -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Henrik Lundqvist

Alexandar Georgiev

Scratched: Brendan Smith, Tony DeAngelo

Injured: Kevin Hayes (upper body)


Status report

Hayes will miss his fourth consecutive game. He participated in the Rangers full team morning skate wearing a red no-contact jersey. … Claesson will play after being scratched the past two games and will replace DeAngelo.


Stat pack

Lehner is 7-0-0 with 1.22 goals-against average and .959 save percentage in seven appearances since Dec. 18. He allowed five goals on 27 shots in a 5-0 loss to the Rangers at the Garden on Nov. 21. … The Rangers are 5-10-5 in 20 games since that win against the Islanders, who are 13-6-2 in the same span.

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