NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Thursday, April 6th
(All times eastern)
New York Islanders (33-37-5) at New York Rangers (42-21-12), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - With a playoff berth officially in hand, the New York
Rangers try to add to their lead in the Atlantic Division tonight when they
welcome the rival Islanders to Madison Square Garden.
On Tuesday, Kevin Weekes stoned two of the three attempts in the shootout and
made 21 saves to lead the Rangers over the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-2, in a huge
tilt at MSG.
Michael Nylander tallied a goal and an assist and Martin Straka scored his
19th goal of the season for the Rangers, who have won three of their last four
contests. Petr Sykora and Nylander scored in the shootout for New York, which
clinched a postseason spot for the first time since the 1996-97 campaign.
The Rangers now hold a three-point lead on the second-place Flyers for first-
place in the Atlantic. The Rangers have 96 points and sit as the third-seed in
the Eastern Conference.
Rangers winger Jaromir Jagr posted an assist to extend his point streak to 12
games (9g, 14a). With 52 goals, he remains tied for the single-season team
record set by Adam Graves in 1993-94.
On the injury front, rookie goaltender Henrik Lundqvist missed the match with
a hip flexor strain. He is day-to-day.
New York will visit Boston on Saturday.
The Islanders, meanwhile, have lost their last five tilts. On Wednesday they
dropped a 3-2 test in Toronto, as Darcy Tucker scored twice in the comeback
Alexei Yashin and Miroslav Satan each scored for the Isles, while Garth Snow
finished with 29 saves.
The Islanders will host Washington on Saturday.
The Rangers have won the last four meetings with the Isles, and are 4-2 in
this season's series.
04/06 10:12:46 ET