Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Thursday, Feb. 7, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 4-5-0 (8 pts)
Islanders: 4-4-1 (9 pts)
The Rangers will face-off against the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in an Atlantic Division matchup. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank 11th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 4-5-0 (8 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the New Jersey Devils, 3-1, on Tuesday at Prudential Center, and are now 3-2-0 in their last five games. The Blueshirts are 3-1-0 in their last four games at Madison Square Garden. The Islanders enter the contest with a 4-4-1 (9 pts) record to rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, and have lost four of their last six games (2-3-1). Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday, Feb. 10, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.), in their second meeting in eight days.
RANGERS vs. ISLANDERS:
All-Time: 116-99-19-6 overall (68-37-11-4 at home; 48-62-8-2 on the road)
- 2013: Tomorrow is the first of four meetings this season, and the first of two meetings at Madison Square Garden.
- Last Season: New York was 4-1-1 overall (3-0-0 mark at home; 1-1-1 mark on the road). Five of their six meetings were decided by two goals or less, including two contests that required extra time. The Rangers out-scored the Islanders, 20-14, including a 16-9 advantage after the first period. The Blueshirts’ power play was 5-25 (20.0%), led by Brad Richards’ two power play goals. Marian Gaborik led the team with five goals and seven points in the season series, while Anton Stralman tallied a team-high, five assists. Henrik Lundqvist was 3-1-0 with a 1.97 GAA, .929 Sv% and one shutout, while Martin Biron was 1-0-1 with a 2.41 GAA and .906 Sv%.
- The Blueshirts enter the contest with a seven-game winning streak against the Islanders at Madison Square Garden, having out-scored the Islanders, 31-10, during the streak
- The Rangers have registered at least one point in 13 of their last 16 games against the Islanders, posting a record of 11-3-2 over the span dating back to a 5-2 win on Dec. 17, 2009, at Long Island
- New York are tied for 15th in the NHL with a 3-2-0 (6 pts) record at home; Long Island ranks fifth in the NHL with a 3-1-1 (7 pts) mark on the road
- The Rangers are 1-4-0 vs. the Atlantic Division this season; the Islanders are 2-3-0 vs. the Atlantic Division this season
- New York lists three former Islanders on their roster: Arron Asham (2002-03 – 2006-07); Martin Biron (2009-10); Taylor Pyatt (2000-01)
- Long Island lists no former Rangers on their roster
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. ISLANDERS:
Henrik Lundqvist — 41 GP, 24-11-5, 2.18 GAA, 4 SO
Martin Biron — 28 GP, 21-4-1-1, 2.03 GAA, 2 SO
Marian Gaborik — 27 GP, 19-14-33
Brad Richards — 36 GP, 13-20-33
Ryan Callahan — 30 GP, 7-13-20
Dan Girardi — 36 GP, 3-7-10
Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in five power play attempts (9:51) on Tuesday at New Jersey. New York ranks 30th overall (3-35, 8.6%) and is tied for 24th at home (2-19, 10.5%). The Rangers are 1-4 (5:15) in five-on-three situations (last – 1/24 at PHI), and 0-0 (0:00) when four-on-three. Shorthanded goals allowed (0).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts surrendered one goal to the Devils in four attempts (4:49) on Tuesday at New Jersey. New York is tied for 18th overall (32-41, 78.0%) and is tied for 19th at home (20-26, 76.9%). The Rangers are 2-2 (3:12) in three-on-five situations (last –1/29 vs. PHI), and 2-2 (1:57) when three-on-four (last – 1/31 vs. PIT). Shorthanded goals for (1): 1/20 vs. PIT (Nash).
Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Tuesday at New Jersey, and are now minus-1 in eight four-on-four situations (7:49) this season. Four-on-four goals for (1): 1/23 vs. BOS (Gaborik). Four-on-four goals allowed (2): 1/20 vs. PIT (Letang); 1/23 vs. BOS (Horton).
The Rangers are undefeated when scoring the first goal this season, posting a record of 2-0-0 in those contests, compared to 2-5-0 when allowing the game’s first goal. The Blueshirts have posted a 2-0-0 mark when leading after the first and second periods.
The Blueshirts have posted a record of 3-1-0 when out-shooting their opponents, which is tied for fifth in the NHL. The Rangers are 1-4-0 when being out-shot by their opponent.
A BROADWAY HIT
The Rangers rank third in the league in hits (262) this season. Brian Boyle leads the Rangers and is tied for fifth in the NHL with 33 hits, while Rangers captain Ryan Callahan was tied for second in the league in hits (27) at the time of his injury on Jan. 29.
The Blueshirts have had eight players make their Rangers debut this season – Jeff Halpern, Rick Nash, Taylor Pyatt, Brandon Segal, Arron Asham, Benn Ferriero, Darroll Powe and J.T. Miller. Halpern, Nash (assist), Pyatt and Segal debuted in the season-opener on Jan. 19 at Boston, while Asham made his debut with the team on Jan. 20 against Pittsburgh. Ferriero debuted with the team on Jan. 26 vs. Toronto, following his trade from Pittsburgh in exchange for Chad Kolarik on Jan. 24. In addition, Chris Kreider made his NHL regular season debut on Jan. 19 after skating in 18 playoff contests with the Rangers last season, and Matt Gilroy made his season debut on Jan. 31 vs. PIT after previously skating in 127 career regular season games with the Rangers from 2009-10 to 2010-11. Darroll Powe and J.T. Miller both made their debut on Tuesday at New Jersey. Miller, who was also making his NHL debut, was originally selected by the Rangers as a first round choice, 15th overall, in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Powe was acquired from Minnesota, along with Nick Palmieri, in exchange for Mike Rupp on Monday.
Marian Gaborik posted his 14th career hat trick, and fifth as a Ranger, in a 4-3 overtime win against the Boston Bruins on Jan. 23 at Madison Square Garden. He moved into a tie with Adam Graves, Andy Bathgate and Ron Duguay for 10th on the Rangers’ all-time hat trick list and, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, is now tied with Dallas’ Jaromir Jagr for second most career hat tricks among active NHL players. Gaborik’s game-winning goal 0:27 into overtime was his seventh tally and eighth point in the last six games against Boston.
MILESTONES IN SIGHT:
Michael Del Zotto — 5 points from 100th NHL career
Steve Eminger — 4 points from 100th NHL career
Matt Gilroy — 3 games from 200th NHL career
MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED:
Ryan Callahan — 200th career NHL point (1/29 vs. PHI)
J.T. Miller — 1st career NHL game (2/5 at NJD)
Chris Kreider — 1st career regular season NHL goal/point (2/5 at NJD)
Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 9
Ryan Callahan (shoulder, 1/29) — 3
Dan Girardi (injured, 2/2) — 1
Total Man-Games Lost: 19