NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, January 13th
(All times eastern)
New York Rangers (25-15-4) at New York Islanders (12-26-4), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Islanders will be happy to be back on home ice
tonight as they host the rival Rangers at Nassau Coliseum in another battle
between the New York clubs.
The Islanders recently went 0-4-0 on a four-game road trip and have now lost
14 straight away games -- one shy of the team record of 15, set in 1973. The
club won't have a chance to tie the dubious record for three weeks, as it
begins a five-game homestand tonight.
The Isles are 7-9-2 as the host this year and has won two straight home
Calgary was the most recent place the Islanders took a loss, as Daymond
Langkow tallied a goal and two assists to lead the Flames to Thursday's 5-2
decision at the Saddledome.
Trevor Smith and Jeff Tambellini tallied for the Isles, who have lost six of
seven overall and have not won a road game since November 24 at Montreal.
Joey MacDonald, filling in again for the injured Rick DiPietro, allowed five
goals on 41 shots in the loss. DiPietro, who has played in just five games
this year while battling various injuries, is out for tonight's test as
The Rangers, meanwhile, are coming off a victory as they ended a two-game
slide with Saturday's blanking of the Senators. Henrik Lundqvist stopped all
33 shots he faced, notching his second shutout of the season, and the
Rangers posted the 2-0 road decision at Scotiabank Place.
Lundqvist has notched two shutouts in his last three outings after going the
first 33 games without a whitewashing. The Swedish backstop led the NHL with
10 shutouts in 2007-08. Lundqvist has fared well against the Isles in his
career, posting an 11-6-4 record with a .921 save percentage and 2.13 goals
against average in 22 games.
Rookie Lauri Korpikoski posted a goal and an assist to help the Rangers earn
the win in Ottawa. Brandon Dubinsky also tallied in the victory.
The Blueshirts are making the third stop on a five-game road trip tonight.
They are 11-7-2 as the visiting club this year, but have dropped three of
their last four tests away from Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers have won two of three meetings with the Islanders this season,
including the only matchup on Long Island. The Blueshirts have won four of
six overall in the series and have taken three straight and five of their
last eight at the Coliseum.
01/13 10:48:26 ET