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Game 22 Preview: Rangers at Islanders

Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Image
Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Image

The Isles have started March well, winning their first two games to start the month. However, their February record of 4-9-1 really countered their hot start and has made the Isles another team that is jockeying for a playoff berth. While it’s unlikely they remain in the hunt, they still play the Rangers tough every game.

As mentioned in previous game threads, the Isles run a 1-2-2 forecheck, which they use to counter other teams mistakes. In the defensive zone, the Isles like to pressure the point, but they are known for their defensive zone collapses. Look for blown coverages as the young Isles team still learns to play without the puck. On special teams, the Isles run an umbrella powerplay and a diamond penalty kill.

You can read more on Torts’ systems here.

2012-2013 Records: Islanders (10-11-2), Rangers (11-8-2)

NYR Leading Scorer: Rick Nash (7-11-18)
NYI Leading Scorer: John Tavares (14-13-27)

NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (18 GP, 2.27 GAA, .919 SV%)
NYI Goaltender:  Evgeni Nabokov (19 GP, 2.97 GAA, .902 SV%)

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Rangers Lines:

Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash
Marian Gaborik-JT Miller-Ryan Callahan
Taylor Pyatt-Brian Boyle-Darroll Powe
Stu Bickel-Jeff Halpern-Michael Haley

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto-Anton Stralman
Roman Hamrlik-Steve Eminger

Henrik Lundqvist

Scratches/Injuries:  Mike Sauer (concussion), Brad Richards (Patrick Kaleta), Marc Staal (eye), Matt Gilroy (healthy)

Broadcast Info: MSG Network 7:00p

Torts post-game interview from Tuesday:

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  • I like the top three lines here. Is this what was used??? Also has anyone gotten a real clue to what really happened to Staal

    • They are still waiting for swelling to go down to determine fully, but the fact that the injury “showed significant improvement” in 24 hours is good. Eric Staal said they are waiting for the swelling to go down for more info. They probably need to wait to see how is eye sight is once the swelling is down (they say no permanent damage), and may need swelling to go down to see fully how the facial structure is (orbital bone etc). That’s probably why he’s indefinite.

      So far he’s not on long term IR, so we will see.

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