15 October 2011
The best rivalry in New York sports starts up again tonight at 7pm. The Islanders will be playing the hated Rangers for the first of six meetings. The Islanders won two of the six matchups last season; winning 6-4 in the first game and 6-2 in the final meeting of the season.
Meet the Opponent:
The Rangers will be coming out strong and looking for their first win of the season. They were defeated in their first two games of the season in Sweden; falling to the Kings and Ducks in overtime. The Rangers have not played a game since last Saturday.
-No goaltender has been announced, but the Rangers will most likely send Henrik Lundqvist to start. So far he’s 0-0-2 on the season with a .931 save percentage and 1.86 GAA.
-The power play has been a struggle for the Rangers. They have not converted on one power play opportunity (0-8) so far this season.
-On the other hand the penalty kill has been a strong point for them. They’ve killed 11 of the 12 (90.9 %) power plays they’ve faced.
-The Rangers have been the best team in the league when it comes to faceoff’s. They’ve won 66 of 114 faceoff attempts, which is good for a 57.9% faceoff winning percentage.
-Ranger fans were very happy to see Marian Gaborik and new addition Brad Richards get on the score sheet in the fist two games.
Islanders News and Notes:
-Evgeni Nabokov will get his first start as a New York Islander. A surprising move by head coach Jack Capuano, but one that makes sense since he has not played this season and needs to get some playing time in sooner rather than later.
-If you haven’t heard, Rick Dipietro will be out indefinitely with a concussion.
-The Islanders have been stellar on the penalty kill. They are 14 for 15 on the PK, with the lone power play goal given up in the first game on a 5 on 3 against the panthers.-However the power play has not been great for the Isles. They have only converted on one of the ten opportunities they’ve had
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