The Isles have started March well, winning their first two games to start the month. However, their February record of 4-9-1 really countered their hot start and has made the Isles another team that is jockeying for a playoff berth. While it’s unlikely they remain in the hunt, they still play the Rangers tough every game.
As mentioned in previous game threads, the Isles run a 1-2-2 forecheck, which they use to counter other teams mistakes. In the defensive zone, the Isles like to pressure the point, but they are known for their defensive zone collapses. Look for blown coverages as the young Isles team still learns to play without the puck. On special teams, the Isles run an umbrella powerplay and a diamond penalty kill.
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2012-2013 Records: Islanders (10-11-2), Rangers (11-8-2)
NYR Leading Scorer: Rick Nash (7-11-18)
NYI Leading Scorer: John Tavares (14-13-27)
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (18 GP, 2.27 GAA, .919 SV%)
NYI Goaltender: Evgeni Nabokov (19 GP, 2.97 GAA, .902 SV%)
Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash
Marian Gaborik-JT Miller-Ryan Callahan
Taylor Pyatt-Brian Boyle-Darroll Powe
Stu Bickel-Jeff Halpern-Michael Haley
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto-Anton Stralman
Roman Hamrlik-Steve Eminger
Scratches/Injuries: Mike Sauer (concussion), Brad Richards (Patrick Kaleta), Marc Staal (eye), Matt Gilroy (healthy)
Broadcast Info: MSG Network 7:00p
Torts post-game interview from Tuesday: