NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, December 26th
(All times Eastern)
NY Islanders (11-16-6) at NY Rangers (21-8-4), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Rangers will take aim at a fifth straight win when they
resume the Battle of New York with tonight's home game against the rival
This marks the second game between the Rangers and Isles at Madison Square
Garden in less than a week. The Blueshirts posted a 4-2 win over the visiting
Isles last Thursday, giving the Rangers wins in two straight and six of the
last eight encounters in this series. The Rangers have also won five straight
meetings at MSG.
One day after defeating the Islanders by a 4-2 score, the Rangers disposed of
the visiting Philadelphia Flyers by the same count. Henrik Lundqvist turned
aside 28 shots to help lift the Blueshirts to the win in what was a preview of
this season's Winter Classic. The Rangers will battle the Flyers in the
league's annual outdoor game on Jan. 2 at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park.
Marian Gaborik, Derek Stepan, Ryan Callahan and Ruslan Fedotenko all scored
against the Flyers on Friday, giving the Rangers their fourth straight win.
Michael Del Zotto and Stu Bickel each had two assists.
"It had that playoff-type atmosphere 30-something games into the season," said
Callahan. "You don't see that too much. The crowd was into it, bodies were
getting thrown around. We love playing these types of games."
Tonight marks the end of a three-game homestand for the Rangers, who are
10-3-2 as the host this year.
The Islanders, who are tied with Carolina for last place in the East, have
lost two straight and six of their last eight games. They were handed a 5-3
loss by the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday after falling behind by a
3-0 score in the first period.
Kyle Okposo, John Tavares and Frans Nielsen scored while P.A. Parenteau
chipped in with two assists for the Islanders. Evgeni Nabokov was tagged for
four goals on 26 shots in the loss.
"For the first 10 minutes, I thought we played a pretty good game, but for
whatever reason, we were a bit flat," Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said.
"After that, we played hard, we finished our checks and started to have some
The Islanders are 5-7-3 as the visiting team this season.
12/26 10:55:06 ET