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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%)
New York Rangers Tickets
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:
BEST OF MAXIM
Yesterday, Rick Nash was a guest on the Michael Kay Radio Show (ESPN Radio)...
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...interesting to hear him say that the Islanders are his favorite rival so far. With the Islanders recent struggles, most Rangers fans have gotten away from them as the most hated foe. But with the Fishsticks in the mix this year...
I've seen more highlight reel goals from the Rangers in the first 21 games this season than I saw all of last year. And the sole reason? Mr. Rick Nash.
It's almost like he's giving out lessons at practice. From Haglin's side step goal vs. Tampa to Callahan's Nashtastic move last night against the Flyers, the Rangers Super Star goal scorer is having a positive...
Rick Nash snapped a third-period tie and then added an insurance goal as the New York Rangers held on to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 on Tuesday night for their third win in a row.
Nash fired a shot that sneaked under the right arm of goalie Ilya Bryzgalov 2:50 into the third to give New York its second lead of the game. He doubled the advantage to 4-2 with 8:18 left, fighting...
Being New York sports fans we're very familiar with the "Mr. October" and "Mr. November" nicknames, but if Rick Nash continues his late game heroics we're going to have to add "Mr. Third Period" to the list as all eight of his goals this season have come in the final frame. Including last night's game tying goal on Long Island...
Living in the New York City area, attaching the word “elite” to a professional athlete brings with it an invitation for debate. Ever since the day Eli Manning declared himself to be an elite National Football League quarterback – and then back his talk with a second Super Bowl Championship – it seems that whether or not to attach the “elite” title to an athlete is a sport...
Rangers and the Islanders played a tight game before Rangers won in OT
The Rangers beat the Islanders 2-1 in overtime, in a game that was a goaltending duel and in a game that was well contested by both teams. Both clubs had chances, both clubs played relatively well in all three zones but in the end it was the Rangers improving powerplay that was the difference. We discussed earlier...
In the game recap comments section last night, reader "slapshot13j" asked if anyone knew when the last time a 3rd or 4th line player scored in a game for the Rangers was.
While I assumed this was a rhetorical question, TheNYRBlog's James Wrabel actually came up with the answer: February 10th by Arron Asham vs. the Lightning.
That can't be. It's impossible...
The Rangers took two points from the rival Flyers tonight, 4-2 at The Garden. With the exception of an incredibly scary puck to the eye suffered by Marc Staal, and some offensive zone penalties, it was a pretty awesome game to watch. Rick Nash flat out dominated and Ryan Callahan continued his high-scoring ways. Oh, and Henrik Lundqvist is back. Let’s get to the goals…
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The Rangers are set to play tonight in their second of back-to-backs, third game in four nights, and their fourth of five games in eight days. That’s a whole lotta hockey for the Rangers, who are in the middle of a four game winning streak, including last night’s come from behind OT win against the Islanders. The Sens on the other hand, have lost...
While the New York Rangers are thrilled that Rick Nash is providing a long-awaited spark, their thoughts are likely more focused on Marc Staal.
With Staal trying to recover from a scary injury, the Rangers will search for a season-high fourth straight victory Thursday night when they visit the New York Islanders, who are also seeking their longest win streak in 2012-13.
Let’s Go Boys!
Mornin’, everyone. The Canucks are in Ohio tonight to take on the Columbus Bluejackets, who despite winning their last two games are still dead last in the NHL. Vancouver is coming off of a disappointing Tuesday night shootout loss to the San Jose Sharks.
Tonight’s game is the first of a three game road trip that sees them play the Bluejackets twice. Seems kind...