Posted December 21, 2011 on AP on Fox
ANDY LEFKOWITZ STATS Writer The New York Rangers haven't been tested much during a four-game home winning streak over the New York Islanders. That may change Thursday night when the longtime bitter Atlantic Division rivals meet at Madison Square Garden for the first time this season. The Rangers and Islanders have already split two games at Nassau Coliseum, with each club totaling six goals. The Rangers have struggled on special teams in those matchups, failing to score on eight power-play chances while the Isles have gone 3 for 13 with the man advantage. The results have been far different for the Rangers (19-8-4) during recent meetings in Manhattan. John Tortorella's club has a 20-5 scoring edge while going 8 for 20 on the power play over the last four matchups at MSG. They should expect a tougher game this time considering the Islanders (11-14-6) have shown vast improvement on the road, going 5-1-1 in the last seven after an 0-5-2 start. Snapping their slide at MSG would als...
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