Game 10: Islanders at Rangers

Records: Islanders (4-4-1), Rangers (4-5-0)

NYR Leading Scorer: Marian Gaborik (5-3-8)
NYI Leading Scorer: John Tavares (4-7-11)

NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (8 GP, 2.83 GAA, .900 SV%)
NYI Goaltender: Evgeni Nabokov (8 GP, 2.99 GAA, .905 SV%)

New York Rangers Tickets.

Rangers Lines:

Taylor Pyatt-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash
Chris Kreider-J.T. Miller-Ryan Callahan
Arron Asham-Jeff Halpern-Darroll Powe

Ryan McDonagh-Anton Stralman
Marc Staal-Michael Del Zotto
Steve Eminger-Matt Gilroy

Henrik Lundqvist

Probable Scratches/Injuries:  Mike Sauer (concussion), Brian Boyle (healthy), Dan Girardi (banged up), Stu Bickel (healthy)

Preview: The Islanders are off to a pretty decent start –for the Islanders– at 4-4-1. They are one point ahead of the Rangers, and have done so with the drama that is the Islanders. After trading for Lubomir Visnovsky, he refused to show until last week. They also added Brad Boyes to replace the departed P.A. Parenteau, but other than those two moves, the Islanders were relatively quiet this offseason. That said, the Boyes move really worked out for them.

The Islanders are another Atlantic division team that utilizes the 1-2-2 trap, but the difference between them and the other 1-2-2 teams is that they are slightly more aggressive, sending their second line of attackers to the blue line, as opposed to the neutral zone.

The Isles also pressure the point in the defensive zone. With slow-footed defensemen, this causes turnovers and odd-man rushes. Luckily the Rangers have benched their slow-footed defenseman, so while this may still cause some turnovers, it won’t be exacerbated by someone who can’t catch up.

The Isles also differ from the Rangers in the sense that they have been able to put the puck in the net regularly this season. Their defense and goaltending are still major issues, but their offense has carried them to nine points in nine games thus far.

People may look at the standings and freak out because the Islanders are ahead of the Rangers, but let’s remember that they are one Bettman point ahead, and their records are essentially identical.

Fun Fact: Your feet stick to the floor at NVMC.

Crazy Thought: Still hoping for a powerplay goal.

Opposition Blog: Islanders Point Blank

10 Responses to “Game 10: Islanders at Rangers”

  1. Josh says:

    Love these new lines. I have been saying for a couple weeks now: if you want scoring depth, split up the top line. Put the top guys back together for PP but 5 v 5 mix it up.

    Between Hags and Nash forechecking skill, I see a huge boost for step and that line. On top of that I think the American Express Line (Kreider-Miller-Cally) has potential to be hardest working line we have seen in a while. Callys dedication will rub off on rookies quick.

    I got big hope for these new lines. Couple good games in a row will help the entire team fall into place. Lets turn this season around now. LGR.

  2. John says:

    It’s so easy to forget Sauer is still technically part of this team. If he were healthy the defensive issues would seem more like a wealth of possibilites than a burden of progressively worse options.

  3. Dave says:

    How about that J.T. Miller?

  4. Tim B says:

    Pretty sad how Rookie JT Miller playing in his second game is the only one who can do anything on the PP. Also sad how ots the rookies that get it done. Hags and Kreider last year. Miller this year.

  5. Tim B says:

    Dave you got that PP goal you were asking for

  6. Bloomer says:

    A much better balance attack when the big money line is broken apart. I am glad Kreider is contributing on the scoreboard: show up all them naysayers who were ready to throw him under the bus after his first couple of outings.