Game Day (36): Islanders at Rangers, 7:00pm

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(9-19-7)                   (16-17-2)
Madison Square Garden — Manhattan, NY
TV: MSG+2 Radio: 88.7, 103.9 FM

The Least You Should Know About the Rangers…Henrik Lundqvist will start in net for the Rangers… This is the 7th of a nine-game homestand for the Rangers. They are 1-3-2 thus far… Mats Zuccarello has been a surprise, with 23 points in 34 games… The Rangers have nine players with six goals or more…

Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank:

It’ll be the second match of the year between the Islanders and Rangers, the first at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers will start their newly paid goaltender in net tonight (I can just hear Rosen yelling ‘save Lundqivst’ already) against Evgeni Nabokov, who makes his third straight start since returning from injury. 

As for the Islanders lineup, Casey Cizikas will return tonight. It’ll be his first game since a jaw injury in Phoenix on December 12. Matt Carkner will also come in for Aaron Ness.

Eric Boulton will play his fifth game in a row. Colin McDonald will sit for the third straight game.

Projected Lineup:
Vanek-Tavares-Okposo DeHann-Hamonic Nabokov
Grabner-Nielsen-Bailey MacDonald-Hickey Poulin
Strome-Nelson-Clutterbuck Carkner-Strait
Martin-Cizikas-Boulton
Scratches: Regin, Ness, McDonald IR: Visnovsky, Martinek

103 comments
realhlywd
realhlywd

I'm astonished even with the abysmal record the last month or we are still only 9 pts out of the playoffs, lol

steviel
steviel

Halleleujah!


Nothing better than beating the Rangers!

wvAL
wvAL

Holy crap! Where has this been?

dkdk
dkdk

VIRGINIA THERE IS A SANTA CLAUS!!!

dkdk
dkdk

Bailey throws his first check in 51 games and it has be right in a guys back!

Joey Ferguson
Joey Ferguson

i know it works for us. worst charging penalty ive ever seen. lmao that was a elbow.

jpizzy
jpizzy

A third-period lead. I've seen this ending before. 

realhlywd
realhlywd

Well, we're not heading into the 3rd with the lead so the odds should now be in our favor!

dimaio34
dimaio34

Get ready for a great third. This has been tremendous. Let's go boys. Make a statement lets win the third. Get the playoff rush in gear. Grabs has been amazing. Gotta go get a pp d man to take the pressure of Amac

js43
js43

MacDonald is way to soft...He is no better than that other smurf...Hickey!!!!!

js43
js43

Hickey and Amac are absolutely brutal...would someone tell A mac to THROW A CHECK!!!!! stop using that big stupid stick all the time...aka. in the box for high sticking....

orange2327
orange2327

Wakeup call for tomas vanek por favor??

realhlywd
realhlywd

Hickey needs to be scratched for a few, can't do anything out there besides F**king up every time he touches the puck!

jepliberty
jepliberty

Hickey looks like he is still in Junior high, wonder what his pregame meal is, milk and cookies.

tag1
tag1

Wow 3 goals and no points for the Tavares line it's about time everyone else chipped in

jpizzy
jpizzy

Grabner and Bailey with points in the same game. I think I'm gonna hyperventilate.

Michael Nagin
Michael Nagin

Has anybody seen Thomas Vanek tonight?  Seems to be missing from the line-up.

orange2327
orange2327

Queen Henrik is not was he used to be!!

anthony
anthony

Please get Hickey off this team

jepliberty
jepliberty

Team is a slump no sweat, just play the Islanders.

Ahole A Mac on ice for all 3 Rangers goals.

orange2327
orange2327

You know in this league you have to be able to play with multi goal leads!! They cannot do so!! Pathetic!

Michael Nagin
Michael Nagin

Hickey standing flat-footed in front of the net, along with the mighty A-Mac.

dkdk
dkdk

Can we stop talking about what a steal hickey was already?

Joey Ferguson
Joey Ferguson

wait. so.... this goal can possibly be negated correct? but knowing this leauge they prob wont review grabners.

dkdk
dkdk

What do they call it again when the game ends and we have more goals than the opponent?

Joey Ferguson
Joey Ferguson

@wvAL you knew grabs had something coming. he has been playing well the last few. just seemed to get robbed all the time

jepliberty
jepliberty

@orange2327

Don't you mean Thomas Vanish? Elite player, my a$$ he is on a line with an alleged elite player in JT and he really hasn't put up elite numbers, I guess he will mesh with JT when there are about 7 games left in the season.

wvAL
wvAL

I don't think Vanek wants to be here. Get rid of him.

dkdk
dkdk

He is fighting every puck tonight. He looks a little different without his D blocking 2/3 of the shots at him.

Vicp73
Vicp73

@dkdk he wouldn't be a top 6 on any other team, only our friend RM seems to think he was a steal

gleichzahl
gleichzahl

@dkdk a three-legged albino falling to earth on a meteor.  or something like that...

wvAL
wvAL

As long as guys give it their all that's all I can ask. Hopefully they turned the corner

wvAL
wvAL

Hopefully Snow will trade him before that for a good d-man. Wait a minute, isn't that what we needed to begin with?

tag1
tag1

Yup different coach different style of play

dkdk
dkdk

@victor .... He also thinks snow is competent, the rebuild is on pace, and wang is an upstanding compassionate person so take with a Dead Sea sized grain of salt!

gordlane
gordlane

@dkdk---Never buddy, just messing. Let' s enjoy the TWO, especially coming vs. the Rags.

dkdk
dkdk

Don't break my good mood EJ, lol

Vicp73
Vicp73

@dkdk Oh ya that's right, Snow slowly is putting together a dynasty!