Here are some notes for those fans who are getting ready to watch the New York Rangers (7-5-0) play host to the New York Islanders (4-7-1) in NHL action at Madison Square Garden.
Tonight is the second of four meetings this season, and the second and final meeting at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers are 1-0-0 in the season series after a 4-1 victory over the Isles on Feb. 7th at the Garden.
For the Blueshirts fans:
The New York Rangers will be playing in their second meeting in seven days, as the guys currently sit third in the Atlantic Division and eighth in the Eastern Conference with a record of 7-5-0. New York enters tonights game after a 4-3 shootout thriller over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, as the guys have now won seven of their last 10 contest
When the Rangers score first:
Thus far the Blueshirts are undefeated when scoring the game’s first goal this season, holding a 5-0-0 mark in these contest. New York have also posted a 5-0-0 mark when leading after the first and second periods.
The Rangers have won seven of the last 10 contests after dropping their first two games this season, including a 4-1-0 mark in the last five contests.
New York enters tonight with a three-game winning streak, and have out-scored their opponents, 13-5, over the span.
The Blueshirts 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 save percentage in his last nine games, thus far the King 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 has six points (four goals, two assist) in the last five games, including four points (three goals, one assists) in the last two.
Rangers Milestones to watch for:
Michel Del Zotto- 5 points from 100th NHL career
Steven Eminger -4 points from 100th NHL career
For the New York Islanders fans:
Tonight marks the seventh game for the Islanders in a stretch of nine-straight in the NY/NJ area (Jan. 31-Feb. 18).
JT is a goal scoring machine:
John Tavares is on a three-game goal scoring streak and has seven goals in his last eight games. Tavares ranks second among NHL forwards in average time on ice (22:05), behind Ilya Kovalchuck (26:00).
On Monday the Islanders tallied power play goals, it marked the first time since Feb. 14, 2008 (at Toronto) the Isles have scored four power play goals in a game. It was also the first time since October 14, 1978 (a 10-7 loss in Toronto) the Isles tallied four power play goals in a loss.
Matt Moulson‘s games-played streak stands at 258 games. He has yet to miss a game in his career. The only player with a longer consecutive-games streaks are Billy Harris (576), Bobby Nystrom (301) and Denis Potvin (262).
Islestones to watch for:
Marty Reasoner is three goals shy of 100
Josh Bailey is three goals shy of 50
Kyle Okposo is five assists shy of 100
Andrew MacDonald is six assists shy of 50
The Rangers and Islanders game is scheduled to air on the MSG Plus Network with face-off slated for 7:00 p.m.
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