Here are some notes for those fans getting ready to watch the New York Islanders (10-11-2) play host to the New York Rangers (11-8-2) in NHL action at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
For the Islanders Fans:
The Islanders play the sixth of a seven-game home stand tonight. This is the third of four meetings this season between these Big Apple Rivals and the first on Long Island. Thus far the season series is tied at one, with the Isles rallying for a shootout victory on Valentine’s Day in the last meeting.
John Tavares currently ranks third in the NHL in goals with 14 and seventh in points with 27. Matt Moulson meanwhile ranks second in the NHL with seven power play goals.
Tavares and Moulson have combined for 25 goals this season. Moulson has assisted on 10 of Tavares’ 14 goals this season, while Tavares has an assist on seven of Moulson’s 11.
Mark Streit is on a three-game assist streak, no Islander has compiled a four-game assist streak thus far this season.
Islestones to watch for:
Josh Bailey is 2 goals shy of 50
Travis Hamonic is 2 assist shy of 50
John Tavares is 2 goals shy of 100
Michael Grabner is 3 points shy of 200
Marty Reasoner is 3 goals shy of 100
Andrew MacDonald is four assists shy of 50
For the New York Rangers fans:
The Blueshirts will be participating in the first game of a back-to-back set. New York currently sits third in the Atlantic Division standings and eighth in the Eastern Conference.
- The Rangers’ power play has tallied a goal in six of the last nine games (7-31, 22.6% over the span), while the penalty kill is 33-37 (89.2%) in the last 12 game.
- New York was able to tally one goal in four power play attempts (6:02) on Tuesday versus Philly. The Blueshirts currently rank 24th overall (11-75, 14.7%) and 27th on the road (2-26, 7.7%).
Nash Coming through in the Clutch:
Rick Nash is currently tied for the team lead with seven goals this season, will all of them being recorded in the third period of play. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first player in franchise history whose first seven goals to begin a season all came in the third period.
Blueshirts with the Hot Hand:
Henrik Lundqvist – The King has been able to hold opponents to two goals or less in 11 of his last 15 games (9-5-1, 1.98 GAA, .927 Sv% over the span).
Rick Nash – has tallied a point in each of his last seven games (five goals, six assists over the span).
Derek Stepan – has recorded a point in seven of the last 10 games (four goals and four assists).
Ryan Callahan – six points (four goals, two assists) in the last six games
Ryan McDonagh – eight points (two goals, six assists) in his last 11 games, including three assists in the last three games
Blueshirts Milestones to watch for:
Ryan Callahan- 4 assists from 100
Michael Del Zotto 3 points from 100
Steve Eminger 3 points from 100
Marc Staal 3 points from 100
The Islanders and Rangers game is set to air on the MSG Plus 2 network, with face-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
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