Mar 7, 2013; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) collides with New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo (21) after making a save in front of Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman (6) during the first period of an NHL game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Breakout: Rangers Vs Islanders Pregame 10/29/13

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Last night, the New York Rangers unveiled the newly-transformed Madison Square Garden for the first time this season. They went up against the Montreal Canadiens, a team that has given them trouble in the past, and the trouble continued as they dropped another two points losing by a score of 2-0.

The Rangers get Carl Hagelin back in their line-up tonight, hoping that he will be able to inject some productivity to their abysmal offense.

For maybe the first time so far in 2013-14 it seems as if the Blueshirts have finally found some consistency. They turned in two solid efforts, one on Saturday night against the Detroit Red Wings and last night against the Canadiens despite the scoreline. The Rangers look to make it three in a row tonight as they attempt to dispatch of the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY.

Cam Talbot will be starting in goal, lineups haven’t been announced yet but be sure to check on Twitter by following @stevezipay. 

*This will be the first meeting between the two teams this season and the only one at the Coliseum due to the Coors Light Stadium Series in January.*

Per Andrew Gross, Alain Vigneault plans to mix and match Hagelin in his debut tonight.

Rangers’ Stats Vs Isles (Courtesy of NHL Media)


  • All-Time: 119-99-19-7 overall (69-37-11-5 at home; 50-62-8-2 on the road)
  • 2013-14: Tonight is the first of five meetings this season, and the only meeting at Nassau Coliseum.
  • Last Season: New York was 3-0-1 overall (1-0-1 at home; 2-0-0 on the road). Three of their four meetings were decided in extra time, including one that required the shootout. The Rangers out-scored the Islanders, 10-6, in the series, including a 4-1 advantage in the first period and a 4-1 advantage after the second. The Blueshirts’ power play was 3-13 (23.1%), while the penalty kill was 8-8 (100.0%). Carl Hagelin (one goal, two assists), Rick Nash (one goal, two assists), and Marc Staal (three assists) each tallied three points apiece. Henrik Lundqvist was 3-0-0 with a 0.65 GAA, .977 Sv%, and one shutout in three games.
  • The Rangers have registered at least one point in 17 of their last 20 games against the Islanders, posting a record of 14-3-3 over the span, dating back to a 5-2 win on Dec. 17, 2009, at Long Island.
  • NY Rangers are 3-6-0 on the road; NY Islanders are 2-2-3 at home
  • NY Rangers are 1-2-0 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents; NY Islanders are 2-2-1 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
  • NY Rangers list one former Islander on their roster: Taylor Pyatt (2000-01)
  • NY Islanders list no former Rangers on their roster

Pre-game coverage starts at 6:30 pm on MSG, puck drops at 7  pm! Don’t be late!

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