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Rangers at Islanders preview

New York rivals play second of three games in nine-day stretch

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

RANGERS (22-19-4) at ISLANDERS (28-13-4)

7 p.m. ET; MSG+, MSG2, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The New York Rangers and New York Islanders will face each other for the second time this week when they play at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday.

The Rangers defeated the Islanders 6-2 at Madison Square Garden on Monday behind five points (two goals, three assists) by forward Artemi Panarin and 32 saves by goalie Alexandar Georgiev. They play for the third time in nine days at the Garden on Tuesday.

The Islanders responded to the loss against the Rangers with an 8-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday.

Georgiev will make his second straight start after being a healthy scratch for three games. He is 3-1-0 with a 1.21 goals-against average and .957 save percentage against the Islanders.

 

Players to watch

Islanders center Brock Nelson has four points (three goals, one assist) in his past two games. He leads new York with 18 goals and is on pace for an NHL career-high 32.

Rangers forward Jesper Fast has seven points (two goals, five assists) in the past four games, including a goal and two assists against the Islanders.

 

They said it

"We have to be a puck-pressure team. I think we have to make teams uncomfortable because we're not an overly big team. And I think we've got to keep teams out of their structure. I think we're getting there. I think we're not where we need to be, but I think we've made some progress in that area." -- Rangers coach David Quinn

"The great thing about this game is when you play these teams real quick if you have a bad outing you can respond. Hopefully we respond." -- Islanders coach Barry Trotz

 

Rangers projected lineup

Chris Kreider -- Mika Zibanejad -- Pavel Buchnevich

Artemi Panarin -- Ryan Strome -- Jesper Fast

Brett Howden -- Filip Chytil -- Kaapo Kakko

Micheal Haley -- Greg McKegg -- Brendan Smith

Brady Skjei -- Jacob Trouba

Marc Staal -- Tony DeAngelo

Ryan Lindgren -- Adam Fox

Alexandar Georgiev

Henrik Lundqvist

Scratched: Phil Di Giuseppe, Igor Shesterkin

Injured: Brendan Lemieux (hand)

 

Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- Mathew Barzal -- Jordan Eberle

Anthony Beauvillier -- Brock Nelson -- Derick Brassard

Ross Johnston -- Josh Bailey -- Tom Kuhnhackl

Matt Martin -- Casey Cizikas -- Leo Komarov

Nick Leddy -- Ryan Pulock

Devon Toews -- Scott Mayfield

Noah Dobson -- Johnny Boychuk

Semyon Varlamov

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Michael Dal Colle, Sebastian Aho, Otto Koivula

Injured: Adam Pelech (Achilles), Cal Clutterbuck (wrist)

 

Status report

Buchnevich is expected to play despite not practicing Wednesday because of illness. … Lemieux, a forward, practiced Wednesday for the first time since fracturing his hand Dec. 27. He's day-to-day. … Cizikas will play after missing two games with a lower-body injury.

 

Stat pack

The Islanders are 7-1-0 at home against the Rangers since the start of the 2015-16 season. … Panarin has at least three points in six of his past nine games (six goals, 16 assists). He is the first player since the Rangers entered the NHL in 1926 to have six games with at least three points in any nine-game span.

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