Found October 15, 2011 on Blue Seat Blogs:

OPPONENT: New York Islanders

Leading Scorer: John Tavares (3-2-5)

Goaltender: Evgeni Nabokov (First game of the year)


Derek Stepan-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky-Artem Anisimov-Ryan Callahan
Ruslan Fedotenko-Brian Boyle-Brandon Prust
Mike Rupp-Erik Christensen-Mats Zuccarello

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Tim Erixon-Steve Eminger
Michael Del Zotto-Jeff Woywitka

Henrik Lundqvist
Martin Biron

SCRATCHES: Wojtek Wolski (groin), Marc Staal (concussion symptoms), Mike Sauer (shoulder)

PREVIEW: The Rangers came away from Sweden with a ridiculously tough schedule and two points against two tough opponents. They didn’t even lose in regulation, which is always a good thing. Now it’s the upstart Islanders, who have been on fire to start the season. This team is not a push over, especially when they play the Rangers. They live for these six games a year. But let’s remember, although they may not be a playoff team yet, the Islanders are a good young team with a lot of offensive firepower. An already shorthanded Rangers defense will have their hands full.

CRAZY THOUGHT: Woywitka gets a Gordie Howe hat trick.

OPPONENT’S BLOG: Islanders Point Blank

PREDICTION: Rangers 3, Islanders 2

Today’s game is on at 7pm on MSG.  It will be on either AM1050 or AM970 on the radio. A programming note: I have prior commitments and will have to watch the game on DVR tomorrow. The recap will be up then.


Tavares' hat trick lifts Islanders

John Tavares had three goals, including the tiebreaking tally in the third period, and added an assist for the New York Islanders, who beat the New York Rangers 4-2 and gave goalie Evgeni Nabokov a win in his return to the NHL on Saturday night. The Islanders have won three straight following an opening-night loss and they have Tavares to thank for the past two. After the young...

Tavares nets hat trick as Islanders topple Rangers

Red-hot John Tavares scored three goals and added an assist as the New York Islanders skated to a 4-2 victory over the visiting New York Rangers on Saturday. Tavares' second goal – his fifth in the last two games – at 3:30 of the final period was the game-winner as the Islanders won their third straight. Tavares has eight points in the past two contests. Evgeni Nabokov...

Video: Marian Gaborik’s Breakaway Goal Against Islanders

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Islanders to give Nabokov first start Saturday

Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov will make his first start for the New York Islanders as they face the cross-town rival Rangers on Saturday night.Nabokov will get the call in place of Al Montoya, who started the first three games and went 2-1-0 with a 1.35 goals-against average.The team's third goaltender, Rick DiPietro, is out indefinitely after taking a puck in the mask during practice...

Johnny on the spot

Share John Tavares had yet another breakout night; he scored a hat trick and recorded four-points (in consecutive games) to lead the Islanders to victory over the New York Rangers, 4-2. Tavar...

Evgeni Nabokov Starting For Islanders Against Rangers

… I really wanted to see Al Montoya get the start against his former team but to see the new Rangers offense against a goalie like Evgeni Nabokov early in the season will be nice.  It’s going to be a test, but I expect the Rangers to walk away with a win. 

Nabokov to get first start against Rangers

Share The Islanders are set to play their final game of a four-game homestand at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday night and goaltender Evgeni Nabokov has received the call from Head Coach Jack Cap...

The Week Ahead

Well, we have now wrapped up a week and half in the NHL, and based on the way it went, it is easy to see that many different trends are going to arise throughout each week of the season. In this week's installment of "The Week Ahead", we will look at three youngsters who are off to terrific starts, two teams that are really struggling out of the gate and, as always...

Saturday's NHL Fantasy Leaders

Saturday was the biggest night for fantasy hockey owners so far this season with 14 games on the schedule. If you had a couple of the following players. Your fantasy team had a good weekend!John Tavares - JT had three goals and an assist against rival Rangers. In my opinion this is going to be a breakout season for Tavares, he's just getting started.Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - RNH...

Isles first line propels 5-1 win over Lightning

Share Entering tonight’s game, the Islanders’ top line had been held scoreless. The third game was the charm, as the trio of John Tavares, Matt Moulson and PA Parenteau didn&rsquo...
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