Rangers at Islanders tonight (7 p.m.) … pre-game notes


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

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.

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)


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  1. Tbot in net…interesting. I wonder if it’s because LQ is still tweaking or if Pepe thinks Tbot gives a better chance to win right now, or if he’s playing a mind game with LQ.

    Seems like Talbot against BUF would be the logical choice if everyone was truly healthy.

  2. Perhaps the Isles will begin to receive their due from both fans and the writer as the season progresses.

    They are an organization on the rise whereas the Rangers need a “religious experience” to rise!

    As for those who it’s presumed will not attend games in Brooklyn, a winner would attract fans if the arena were in Montauk!

    Commit Dolan and fire Sather or the curse will persist!

  3. Lets just hope rest or spacing is the real reason for Lundqvist out. Tweak would be bad, AV fearing him taking another L might be worse.

  4. Nonsensical, Gravy. Could show the replays and reverse the explanations and no one would know the difference.

  5. _2. Did the distinct kicking motion propel the puck into the net?_

    Gotta credit the NHL on that particular criterium. If it didn’t go into the net, then no goal.

  6. I always thought that you can direct the puck in but not kick it in. I think both goals are good. Why are they changing the rules now.

    If they change anything they should allow more goals, not less. fewer?

  7. If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a dodge ball.

    When I said Vanek to NY this wasn’t what I hoped for btw

  8. I’m the opposite of James G. I had a (jerk) friend text me something like “Vanek to NY wow” and I flipped out in a panic. Then the first tweet I saw was praising the return Reiger got and I double flipped out. Then I saw it was the other NY team.

  9. I’m OK with both goals being good. I’d even be somewhat OK with both being bad. How they are any different is anyone’s guess.

  10. Better stick to the “gluten” free diet then…

    I am debating whether to even watch this game.

    Talbot got extremely lucky in the games that he played. He will get lit up tonight, and the Rangers will lose 5-1.

  11. Bring up Haley,Bickle and Mash for some momentum.

    If we cant find the net, maybe we can find some heart.

  12. Still reeling in horror from having foolishly tuned into that Blue Carpet pre-game show yesterday. By the way, an amazing array of “celebrities” on hand, A-list all the way. (Too bad Shecky Greene couldn’t make it).

    Really super that several Knicks showed up to support the, er, Knicks, and that the Rangers home opener was –duh — primarily designed to pump the NBA game on Wed.

    Everything about Dolan, Cablevision, MSG turns my stomach —- except for the NYR.

  13. You know we’re all used to the nightly incompetence that is the NHL officiating- it something again to see the institutionalized version out of the Toronto War Room. Both goals were ruled good on ice- so then, according to NHL there was irrefutable proof that Miller kicked the puck in, but not the same last night. If you watch enough hockey you knew, like me, that the delay in reviewing the goal was all about finding a way to see that as a “good goal” and explain it to us with a straight face. Noblesse oblige! (That’s a french phrase for a reason, you know.)

  14. Talbot plays tonight? Who’s the backup? If he gets bombed I can’t see HL coming in- would make no sense.

  15. Anyone remember the home opener with Ace Frehley? LOL! That was horrid! That year the Kings had Slash do the national anthem. So much better.

    MSG booed Ace Frehley if I’m not mistaken. Too funny! I gotta see if that’s on youtube.

  16. Does the NHL replay system actually operate on the principle of needing incontrovertible evidence to overturn a call on the ice though? Thought that was an NFL thing.

    Is there a good lawyer (or Manny) who can confirm?

  17. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    What? Norris Stralman falling out of favor with some of the overvaluing posters here ?!!

  18. Rob in Beantown on

    I always assumed they needed incontrovertible evidence to overturn the call on the ice, but you’re right I might be basing that on football rules

  19. And Wicky, I don’t know about the wounds in your wrists, but the ones in mine are still healing after being crucified this past summer for saying Stralman was subpar..guess we should have been spared ; D

  20. The team can’t score and is on pace to be shut out 24 times this season……btw.the record is 16 in a season by the BJ’s

    The team’s offensive zone play is embarrassing, not even AHL calibre.

    But lets diagnose the problem………

    It’s Stralman! He stinks.

  21. I don’t think they stink. I’ve caught up on a few dvred games and from what I see (not that this is anything new) but they’re simply a team comprised of a bunch of 2nd/3rd and 4th liners a long with a blue line that only has 2 guys who could play top four on most teams. To ask them to deal with bigger teams with more skill an be successful more times than not is asking a lot. Especially when that mix of guys I just mentioned aren’t playing their best hockey.

  22. Conclusive evidence is required to overturn a call on the ice.

    I will qualify my contention by stating that I slept through the class on NHL rules.

  23. The team has scored all of 15 goals in 10 games……..

    Only 2 forwards have scored more than 1 goal, and 4 have scored 1….

    But lets diagnose the problem…..

    It’s Strallman.. He stinks.

  24. Stepan has zero goals and has looked worse through the first 10 games of this season then he did the first 10 of last year….. Talk about Brutal?

    This is the same player, #1 Center, that caused panic here because he wasn’t in camp.

    But lets diagnose the problem….

    It’s Strallman. He stinks.

  25. Papa Bear, regarding Stepan, look at the bright side. When it’s time for Stepan to get a raise it won’t be much because of his stats.

  26. I believe in redemption.

    Let’s see how the offense fairs against a “soft defensive team and second rate goaltender” tonight.

    Can’t wait.

  27. Could AV possibly come up with a replacement phrase for the hackneyed “We have to find the back of the net?”

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