Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS at NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 7:00 p.m. ET
Nassau Coliseum – Uniondale, NY
Rangers: 3-7-0 (6 pts)
Islanders: 4-4-3 (11 pts)
The Rangers will face-off against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in the second game of a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts currently rank eighth in the Metropolitan Division standings, and 15th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 3-7-0 (6 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Canadiens, 2-0, earlier tonight at Madison Square Garden. The Islanders enter the contest with a 4-4-3 (11 pts) record to rank seventh in the Eastern Conference, and have lost three of their last four games (1-2-1). Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday, Oct. 31, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their fifth game in eight nights.
RANGERS vs. ISLANDERS:
All-Time: 119-99-19-7 overall (69-37-11-5 at home; 50-62-8-2 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the first of five meetings this season, and the only meeting at Nassau Coliseum.
Last Season: New York was 3-0-1 overall (1-0-1 at home; 2-0-0 on the road). Three of their four meetings were decided in extra time, including one that required the shootout. The Rangers out-scored the Islanders, 10-6, in the series, including a 4-1 advantage in the first period and a 4-1 advantage after the second. The Blueshirts’ power play was 3-13 (23.1%), while the penalty kill was 8-8 (100.0%). Carl Hagelin (one goal, two assists), Rick Nash (one goal, two assists), and Marc Staal (three assists) each tallied three points apiece. Henrik Lundqvist was 3-0-0 with a 0.65 GAA, .977 Sv%, and one shutout in three games.
The Rangers have registered at least one point in 17 of their last 20 games against the Islanders, posting a record of 14-3-3 over the span, dating back to a 5-2 win on Dec. 17, 2009, at Long Island
NY Rangers are 3-6-0 on the road; NY Islanders are 2-2-3 at home
NY Rangers are 1-2-0 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents; NY Islanders are 2-2-1 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
NY Rangers list one former Islander on their roster: Taylor Pyatt (2000-01)
NY Islanders list no former Rangers on their roster
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. ISLANDERS: Henrik Lundqvist – 44 GP, 27-11-5, 5 SO, 2.07 GAA; Brad Richards – 39 GP, 13-22-35’ Ryan Callahan – 34 GP, 7-14-21; Dan Girardi – 39 GP, 5-7-12; Marc Staal – 30 GP, 3-9-12
The Rangers’ penalty kill is 29-34 (85.3%) in the last seven games
Power Play: The Rangers were 0-5 (8:18) earlier tonight vs. Montreal. New York ranks 20th in the NHL overall (5-32, 15.6%), and 14th on the road (5-27, 18.5%). The Rangers are 2-2 (0:48) in five-on-three situations (last – 10/12 at STL), and 0-1 (0:30) when four-on-three (last – 10/12 at STL). Shorthanded goals allowed (2): 10/8 at SJS (Vlasic); 10/24 at PHI (Read).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts were 5-6 (8:59) earlier tonight vs. Montreal. New York ranks 17th in the NHL overall (34-42, 81.0%), and 16th on the road (29-36, 80.6%). The Rangers are 2-2 (1:59) in three-on-five situations (last – 10/16 at WSH), and 0-0 (0:00) when three-on-four. Shorthanded goals for (1): 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh).
Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in two four-on-four situations (3:39) earlier tonight vs. Montreal, and are now -1 in 12 four-on-four situations (20:50) this season. Four-on-four goals for (2): 10/16 at WSH (J. Moore); 10/26 at DET (Brassard). Four-on-four goals allowed (3): 10/3 at PHX (Vrbata); 10/7 at LAK (Muzzin); 10/12 at STL (Backes).
WHEN WE LAST MET… The Rangers and Islanders last meeting ended in a 1-0 overtime victory for the Blueshirts on Apr. 13 at Nassau Coliseum. It was the first 1-0 game between the two clubs since the Blueshirts’ 1-0 win on Mar. 17, 2003, at Madison Square Garden, and was the first time the Rangers and Islanders skated through 60 minutes of scoreless hockey since a 0-0 tie on Dec. 9, 1989, at Long Island.
BACK-TO-BACKS: New York has posted a combined record of 1-2-0 in back-to-back games this season, including a 1-1-0 (0-1-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road) record in the first game and a 0-1-0 (0-0-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road) mark in the second. Last season, the Blueshirts were 7-4-1 in back-to-back games, including a 4-1-1 (3-0-0 at home; 1-1-1 on the road) record in the first game and a 3-3-0 (0-2-0 at home; 3-1-0 on the road) mark in the second. Henrik Lundqvist has started on consecutive days 66 times in his career, posting a record of 41-18-7 with a 2.03 GAA, .931 Sv% and six shutouts in the second game. The Rangers are scheduled to play in 13 back-to-back sets this season.
MILESTONES IN SIGHT: Dan Girardi – 2 games from 500th NHL career; Marc Staal – 1 point from 100th NHL career; 2 games from 400th NHL career.
Carl Hagelin (IR – 9/30; shoulder, out indefinitely) – 10
Rick Nash (IR – 10/14; head injury – 10/8, out indefinitely) – 7
Ryan Callahan (IR – 10/21; broken thumb – 10/16, 3-4 weeks) – 4
Total Man-Games Lost: 25
RECENT TRANSACTIONS: Oct. 29 – Assigned forward Jesper Fast to Hartford (AHL)