Notes for fans getting ready to check out the game between the New York Islanders (20-24-7) and New York Rangers (27-21-3) , as the two Big Apple Rivals set to play in NHL action at Madison Square Garden.
For the Islanders fans:
1/20/14: NYI 4 vs. PHI 3 (SO)
Kyle Okposo capped off an Islanders comeback with a shootout winner, as the Islanders rallied for a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers Monday afternoon at Nassau Coliseum. Okposo beat Flyers goalie Ray Emery with a backhand in the fourth round of the shootout to win it, but was a driving force for the Islanders all game, recording his first career Gordie Howe hat trick in the comeback victory.
The Islanders and New York Rangers meet for the third time this season. The clubs have split the first two games of the five-game season series, with the Islanders winning the most recent game 5-3 at MSG. The clubs meet twice more to close out the season series on Jan. 29 and 31.
Road Runners: The Islanders have gone 8-2-0 in their last 10 road games.
First of Three: The Islanders and Rangers play each other three times in 11 days. Two of the three meetings are at Madison Square Garden while the third will be played at Yankee Stadium.
Okposo: Kyle Okposo picked up a Gordie Howe hat trick Monday afternoon against the Flyers. Okposo has 20 goals and 29 assists this season.
Nelson: Brock Nelson has three points (2g/1a) in his last two games.
Josh Bailey – 6 assists shy of 100
Kyle Okposo – 8 goals shy of 100
For the New York Rangers Fans:
Jan. 19, Rangers 4 vs. Capitals 1 – The Rangers notched three goals in the first period, including a pair from Rick Nash (two goals), and Henrik Lundqivst made 24 saves in the win. Nash opened the game’s scoring at 1:10 of the first, and again at 16:06 of the first while on a 5-on-3 power play. Derek Stepan added a third goal late in the opening frame, but Alex Ovechkin responded with a power play goal early in the second. Ryan Callahan notched a shorthanded goal at 2:25 of the middle frame to complete the game’s scoring. Dan Girardi tallied two assists, while Michael Del Zotto, Dominic Moore, Ryan McDonagh, and Brad Richards registered one assist apiece.
•Shots: NYR –26; WSH –25
•PP: NYR –1-5/7:24; WSH – 1-4/7:04
•3 Stars: 1. R. Nash (NYR); 2. R. McDonagh (NYR); 3. H. Lundqvist (NYR)
The Rangers have registered a point in seven of their last eight games at Madison Square Garden (6-1-1), and nine of their last 11 at home (7-2-2). New York is currently playing a stretch of seven home games in an eight-game span, having already completed a four- game homestand with a 3-1-0 mark.
THE PUCK STOPS HERE
The Blueshirts have held opponents to two or fewer goals in each of the last seven games, and nine of their last 11 overall. The Rangers have also allowed two or fewer goals in five straight games at home, and seven of their last eight at Madison Square Garden.
Henrik Lundqvist has held opponents to two goals or fewer in each of his last six games (5-1-0, 1.34 GAA, .958 Sv%, 1 SO), and is 7-2- 1 with a 1.97 GAA, .937 Sv%, and one shutout in his last 10 appearances. Now in his ninth season, Lundqvist is seven wins away from the 300th of his NHL career, and eight wins away from Mike Richter’s franchise record of 301 career victories. He is also four appearances shy of Tiny Thompson for 50th on the NHL all-time goaltender appearances list.
Rick Nash has notched a goal in five of the last eight games (seven goals over the span), and has been credited with the game-winning goal in each of the last four games in which he scored. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he’s the first Rangers player with a four- game streak of that kind in one season since Tom Poti in 2003-04. Nash leads the Rangers with 14 goals this season.
THE HOT LIST:
•Henrik Lundqvist – Is 5-1-0 with a 1.34 GAA, .958 Sv%, and one shutout in his last six games, and 7-2-1 with a 1.97 GAA, .937 Sv%, and one shutout in his last 10
• Rick Nash – seven goals in the last eight contests, including three goals and a plus-four rating in the last two, and four game-winning goals in the last six games
• Brad Richards – 10 points (four goals, six assists) in the last nine games
• Mats Zuccarello – has registered a point in five of the last seven games (three goals, two assists over the span), including two goals in the last three games, and has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in the last 12 games
• Ryan McDonagh – three assists in the last five games, including a power play assist in each of the last two
• Ryan Callahan – has recorded a point in six of the last nine games (two goals, four assists over the span)
COUNTDOWN TO 6K
The Rangers have played in 5,991 regular season games throughout the franchise’s 88 seasons, just nine games shy of 6,000 all-time. The Blueshirts are scheduled to play their 6,000th game all-time on February 6 against the Edmonton Oilers at Madison Square Garden.
• Alain Vigneault – 3 points from 1,000th NHL career
• Michael Del Zotto – 5 assists from 100th NHL career
The Islanders and Rangers game is set to air on the MSG Plus 2 network, with face-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.