Tonight’s Game: Islanders at Rangers

The Islanders and Rangers square off at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.

The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. It can be seen on MSG+2.

Jaroslav Halak will start in goal for the Islanders. He is 4-1-0 with a 1.40 GAA in his last five starts against the Rangers.

The Islanders have four power-play goals on eight opportunities, while the Rangers have yet to score with the man advantage despite eight chances. The Islanders’ penalty kill has been vulnerable, however, surrendering four goals on nine power plays.

John Tavares has gone without a point in six of the last seven meetings, though he had three assists in a 5-3 win at MSG on Jan. 21.

For more on the Rangers/Islanders matchup, visit

Isles postpone presser…

Islanders Point Blank Podcast: Oh Boy-chuk, what a start!’s Brian Compton and Christian Arnold of Islanders Point Blank look back at a wonderful weekend for the Isles. Plus, the guys preview Tuesday night’s game with the Rangers.

For the show rundown, click here...

  • Isles sweep Canes
    • Brock Nelson
    • Last opener at the Coliseum
    • The New Guys
    • Josh Bailey
    • Brian Strait
  •’s Pete Jensen talks Fantasy Hockey (9:45)
  • Isles-Rangers preview (17:19)

Some thoughts after the Isles home opener


Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The Islanders are now 2-0 in their first two games for the first time in seven years. More importantly, they kicked off their farewell to the Nassau Coliseum with a win on a night that was the most emotionally charged since game 3 in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguin.

For the game story click here and for the feature on the final home opener at the Coliseum click here.

Below are some quick thoughts and notes from Saturday night’s game:

  • It’s hard not to commend the fans who showed up early in the morning to tailgate. I even heard several had slept in their cars to get prime tailgating real estate. They were out in force, loud and proud the entire day. The constant Islanders horn honk was echoing throughout the Coliseum parking lot throughout the day. Inside the building, it felt like the 2013 playoffs all over again. The crowd brought the energy and the barn was deafening when the players took the ice.
  • Another hand has to go to the game operations staff and Islanders for their opening intros. The team passed on the usual individual player introductions and instead took the ice for the first regular season game at the coliseum as a one. The pregame video and countdown was well done. As a whole the introductory ceremony was well done.
  • Brock Nelson… Enough said. The second year player has played lights out hockey through the first two games of the season. For the moment, Nelson leads the NHL in points with six ( three goals, three assists). Early on it seems Nelson is becoming the player a lot of people have been hoping he would develop into.
  • The power play has looked very good for through the first two games of the year. The are 4-for-8 through the first two games and has seen a vast improvement from last season. Johnny Boychuk on the point has become a deadly weapon and a much needed power play quarterback. The puck movement has looked solid during the man-advantage and the Isles have been capitalizing.
  • On the other hand the penalty kill has struggled. They have gone 5-for-9 on the penalty kill, which is not terrible, but it is something that will need to be addressed. At times it has looked disjointed and Carolina capitalized on those mistakes. The one positive to take is that the PK did seem to look better as the game progressed. It will be something the Isles will work on before they see the Rangers on Tuesday at the Garden.

Isles fans begin their goodbyes to Nassau Coliseum

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The goodbyes to the Nassau Coliseum began early Saturday morning.

A smattering of fans had already set up tents in the Coliseum parking lot by the time players began to file into the building for the morning skate at 10:30 am. Johnny Boychuk, who has been staying at the Marriot right across from the Coliseum, said he heard them in the morning.

“I heard people tailgating. It actually woke me up,” he said, while chuckling, after the Islanders 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. “It was a little bit different, but it was good to see you that you have passionate fans.”

Where TD Garden is situated in Boston there isn’t much room to tailgate, so the experience was new for the team’s newest defenseman. Saturday will serve as Boychuk’s first and last time experience the home opener tradition at the Nassau Coliseum. It was also the fans final time to celebrate a new season by firing up the grill in the Coliseum parking lot. To read more of this story, click here

GEICO SportsNite: Islanders top Hurricanes

The Islanders won their second straight game to begin the season in the final home opener at Nassau Coliseum. GEICO SportsNite has reaction from Isles players and coach Jack Capuano after the 4-3 win.

Isles earn a victory in their final home opener at Nassau Coliseum

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — It has been well documented that this is the Islanders final season at the Nassau Coliseum and USATSI_8136102_110579513_lowressomething that has been discussed ad nauseam for the length of training camp. However Saturday night it started to sink in and the Islanders began their final year in Uniondale the right way; with a win.

The Islanders defeated the Hurricanes 4-3 in the second of a home and home with Carolina, and the final home opener in Nassau Coliseum history. The win was helping meaning in two distinct ways. One being the Islanders getting a win on a night when was so important to the fans and the other being that they began to establish a winning culture at home.

Home victories were hard to come by last season for the Isles, so to get one early is a step in the right direction.

“It’s nice to come out here for the season opener to a packed house and play a strong game,” Brock Nelson, who had a goal and an assist in the win, said. “We had the two goal lead — a lot of people criticized us for that last year — and I think this time around we were able to get some offensive zone time in the third. Grind them down a little bit and we ate a lot of clock there in the third which helped. They kind of got a luck goal there on the third goal, but we stayed with it and stayed focused. We were able to get the job done.”

Chad Johnson was a big part of why the Islanders were able to grab the victory in the home opener. The new Isles net minder made 21 saves, which was ironically the same amount that Jaroslav Halak made on Friday night, and had some big stops when he needed to.

“It was good to get the two points,” Johnson said. “Gave them a little bit of life there with that last goal, but just sort of a miscommunication and a bad play on my part. But I thought we competed real hard. We really improved on our penalty kill late in the game there and had some big kills. We just stuck together and got the big win.”

It is only game one at the Coliseum, but the win was a good sign from a team that needs to get victories at home to make the playoffs. Not to mention the significance to the fans as they begin their long good byes to the Coliseum.