The Rangers are in Uniondale at the World’s Stickiest Coliseum to take on the Islanders in what will almost assuredly be a playoff atmosphere. The Rangers are 4-1-1 in their last six, but the Islanders are 8-1-1 in their last ten. Both runs have put the teams in playoff spots, although an untimely losing streak could see one of them miss out on the postseason. This isn’t a must win, but a win would surely help the Rangers’ playoff chances and seeding.
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 (21-16-4), Rangers (20-16-4)
NYR Leading Scorer: Rick Nash (17-18-35)
NYI Leading Scorer: John Tavares (24-18-42)
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (35 GP, 2.12 GAA, .926 SV%)
NYI Goaltender: Evgeni Nabokov (35 GP, 2.54 GAA, .910 SV%)
Rick Nash-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello
Carl Hagelin-Derek Brassard-Ryan Callahan
Ryane Clowe-Brad Richards-Brian Boyle
Taylor Pyatt-Darroll Powe-Arron Asham
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto-Anton Stralman
John Moore-Steve Eminger
Scratches/Injuries: Mike Sauer (concussion), Marc Staal (eye), Matt Gilroy (healthy), Roman Hamrlik (healthy)
Broadcast Info: MSG, 7pm
Torts’ post-game interview from Wednesday: