Islanders at Rangers tonight


Pre-game notes from the NYR:


Thursday, Feb. 14, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

Rangers: 7-5-0 (14 pts)
Islanders: 4-7-1 (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 their second meeting in seven days. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 7-5-0 (14 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Boston Bruins, 4-3, in the shootout on Tuesday at TD Garden to win the season series against Boston and extend their winning streak to three games. The Blueshirts have now won seven of their last 10 contests after dropping their first two games of the season. The Islanders enter the contest with a 4-7-1 (9 pts) record to rank 14th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost their last five games. Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Washington Capitals on Sunday, Feb. 17, at Madison Square Garden (6:00 p.m.), in the second game of their three-game homestand.


  • All-Time: 117-99-19-6 overall (69-37-11-4 at home; 48-62-8-2 on the road)
  • 2013: Tomorrow is the second of four meetings this season, and their second and final meeting at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers are 1-0-0 in the season series, following a 4-1 win on Feb. 7 at Madison Square Garden. The Blueshirts’ power play is 1-2 (50.0%), while the penalty kill is 5-5 (100.0%) in the series. Rangers’ rookie J.T. Miller leads all skaters with two goals, while Ryan McDonagh (one goal, one assist) and Marc Staal (two assists) are tied with Miller for the series lead in scoring with two points apiece. Henrik Lundqvist is 1-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .964 Sv% in the series.
  • 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 an eight-game winning streak against the Islanders at Madison Square Garden, having out-scored the Islanders, 35-11, during the streak
  • The Rangers have registered at least one point in 14 of their last 17 games against the Islanders, posting a record of 12-3-2 over the span, dating back to a 5-2 win on Dec. 17, 2009, at Long Island
  • New York is tied for sixth in the NHL with a 5-2-0 (10 pts) record at home; Long Island ranks 11th in the NHL with a 3-2-1 (7 pts) mark on the road
  • The Rangers are 2-4-0 vs. the Atlantic Division this season; the Islanders are 2-4-0 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

Henrik Lundqvist — 42 GP, 25-11-5, 2.15 GAA, 4 SO
Martin Biron — 28 GP, 21-4-1-1, 2.03 GAA, 2 SO
Marian Gaborik — 28 GP, 20-14-34
Brad Richards — 37 GP, 13-21-34
Ryan Callahan — 31 GP, 7-13-20
Marc Staal — 29 GP, 3-8-11

The Blueshirts’ penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in each of the last three contests (11 times shorthanded). New York has posted a record of 3-1-0 when holding opponents scoreless on the power play.
Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in four power play attempts (5:25) on Tuesday at Boston. New York ranks 29th overall (4-44, 9.1%) and 26th at home (3-24, 12.5%). The Rangers are 1-5 (6:32) in five-on-three situations (last – 2/12 at BOS), and 0-0 (0:00) when four-on-three. Shorthanded goals allowed (0).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Bruins scoreless in four attempts (6:42) on Tuesday at Boston. New York is tied for 13th overall (43-52, 82.7%) and ranks 17th at home (27-33, 81.8%). 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 tally/yield a goal in two four-on-four situations (5:46) on Tuesday at Boston, and are now minus-1 in 10 four-on-four situations (13:35) 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).

Rangers’ rookie J.T. Miller notched two goals while making his Madison Square Garden debut  on Feb. 7 in a 4-1 win against the New York Islanders. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last Ranger (rookie or otherwise) to tally multiple goals in his MSG debut was Chris Kontos in a 6-2 win against Detroit on Jan. 3, 1983. Miller (19 years, 330 days) is the youngest Ranger to tally multiple goals in a single game since Alex Kovalev posted a hat trick on Dec. 27, 1992, at the age of 19 years, 307 days.

The Rangers are undefeated when scoring the game’s first goal this season, posting a record of 5-0-0 in those contests, compared to 2-5-0 when allowing the game’s first goal. The Blueshirts have posted a 5-0-0 mark when leading after the first and second periods.

The Blueshirts have posted a record of 4-1-0 when out-shooting their opponents, which ranks third in the NHL. The Rangers are 3-4-0 when being out-shot by their opponent.

The Rangers are tied for second in the league in hits (359) this season. Rangers captain Ryan Callahan leads the team and is tied for 13th in the league with 37 hits, while Brian Boyle is tied for 25th in the NHL with 33 hits.

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.

The Rangers have won seven of the last 10 contests after dropping their first two games of the season, including a 4-1-0 mark in the last five contests
The Blueshirts enter the contest with a three-game winning streak, and have out-scored their opponents, 13-5, over the span
The Rangers’ penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in each of the last three games (11 times shorthanded)
Henrik Lundqvist — is 6-3-0 with a 2.10 GAA and a .922 Sv% in his last nine games; has held opponents to two goals or less in five of his last eight games (5-3-0, 1.99 GAA, .926 Sv% over the span)
Carl Hagelin — six points (four goals, two assists) in the last five games, including four points (three goals, one assist) in the last two
Marc Staal — four assists in the last five games
Dan Girardi — three assists in the last two games
Rick Nash — three points (one goal, two assists) in the last two games
Ryan McDonagh — three points (one goal, two assists) in the last three games

Michael Del Zotto — 5 points from 100th NHL career
Steven Eminger — 4 points from 100th NHL career
Darroll Powe — 2 games from 300th NHL career

J.T. Miller — 1st career NHL game (2/5 at NJD)
Chris Kreider — 1st career regular season NHL goal/point (2/5 at NJD)
J.T. Miller — 1st career NHL goal/point (2/7 vs. NYI)
Chris Kreider — 1st career regular season NHL assist (2/7 vs. NYI)
Matt Gilroy — 200th career NHL game (2/12 at BOS)

Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 12
Total Man-Games Lost: 23



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  1. Just thinking about missing this game because my wife told me it was important for me to be able to have dinner with her on Valentine’s Day during the game is giving me ……. whatever the opposite is.

  2. Malhotra done for the year. hurt his eye in Colorado game last March and had a lot of surgeries, missed some games. he wasn’t wearing a visor or kevlar socks.

    will he retire?

  3. Fat Guy Duberstein on

    does this mean that all of the aspiring young hockey players in Lahore can finally take their tattered Manny Malhotra posters off of their pockmarked bedroom walls?

  4. Gravy, You Know You Want Some Marty on

    Eminger wouldn’t need a conditioning stint if he used natural juices and berries like Prince Akeem.

  5. Fat Guy Duberstein on

    didn’t Robert Wagner push Muckler off of a boat like 30 years ago? How does his name still come up?

  6. Gravy, You Know You Want Some Marty on

    You ain’t never met Dr. Martin Luther King.

    Byfuglien you! Byfuglien you! And Byfuglien you too!

    Who’s next?

  7. If David Hockney painted a hockey puck, would it be called a Hockney puck? Who cares. I withdraw the comment.

  8. Torts looking a bit lined and ragged lately when he comes out early to after game PC’s without the makeup. Guess Feds took everything with him except that one bottle of rouge he left in the new kid’s locker.

  9. Well, add me to the long list of suckers who will be watching DVR’d game tonight :-). At least I’ll be watching. Until after midnight, I guess….Considering that I have a very early morning tomorrow, I don’t think my residents want to get my boxers in a bunch :-)

  10. Don’t drink anything stronger than pop, ilb. ‘Course Pop drank anything he could get is hands on.

  11. ‘For Brutus is an honorable man; So are they all, all honorable men…’ (As are we all, in our own way.) :-)

  12. Kidding aside, I can’t tell you how many toddlers I had to resuscitate after accidental overdose on that Listerine garbage. They just recently started to make it without alcohol…

  13. And I heard DelZotts failed his blood test. They gave him a gentleman’s D so he could graduate.

  14. Hey Fat Guy Duberstein! If Richards don’t start dopplegangering a player with more talent, Sather might just buy out his contract with his final buyout?

  15. Loved the line from the last post. Nash is to battleship as Boyle is to rowboat. Awesome comparison.

  16. Funny that you posted about alcohol, Jonathan. Because, I am from an area with few vineyards but my favorite is Jonathan Edwards Vineyard and Winery in North Stonington, CT.

  17. Maybe that’s the problem with who’s running the world now – too much Listerine in early childhood. :-)

  18. Battleships and Carriers can’t come close to shore. Without the rowboats doing their job, you’re stranded at sea.

  19. GREAT point. Politics and religion a no go. My ex wife and I eventually split over religious differences. She worshiped money and I started to run out of it.

  20. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    On the hot list above, why didn’t the press release mention that Boyle has 1 pt. this season??? That is, like, almost leading the league. On pace for a 9 pt 82 game season. Hart trophy material.

  21. Something tells me, knowing you nut jobs, that Listerine thingy is about to take on a life of its own.

  22. I misquoted myself about Michael DelZ. He didn’t fail his blood test. He stayed up all night studying for it.

  23. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    How many players get to double their seasonal output in one game just by getting an assist?

  24. eddie says he will give me the words and the plot and I will do the typing and I will get shared screen credit. Sounds good to me!

  25. Stanger Nation on

    Hoping Boyle is not too jacked up and gets an early penalty – seemed to be his MO in the first 4 games of the season…he may have to trade ‘gate opening’ duties with Bickels as big as

  26. Chris, ‘I never sent you my pillow
    I only sent you my invitations
    And in the middle of the celebrations,
    I break down
    Boy, you’re gonna carry that weight,
    Carry that weight a long time…’

  27. John Muckler: 1934 – 2058

    He was alive from just after half past seven until just before nine o’clock on his first day with the Rangers.

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