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NHL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 3/7/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



NY RANGERS (11-8-0-2, 24 pts.) at NY ISLANDERS (10-11-0-2, 22 pts.)
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Thursday, 3/7/2013 7:05 PM
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59NY RANGERS-115Ov 5.5,+115-110Ov 5.5,+110
60NY ISLANDERS-105Un 5.5,-135-110Un 5.5,-130
NY RANGERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games11-10-0-1.511-10-1.58-112.629.72.528.3
Team Stats (Road Games)2-5-0-3.42-5-3.41-51.725.02.730.9
Last 5 Games3-2-0+0.53-2+0.52-22.828.02.426.0
vs. Division3-5-0-33-5-33-
NY RANGERS Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)2155151324346248.8%751114.7%84
Team Stats (Road Games)712137111756.9%2627.7%15
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5144271114010.0%16425.0%23
Team Stats (vs. Division)818837012188.3%29620.7%27
Stats Against (All Games) 53142017245948.9%781316.7%86
Stats Against (Road Games) 19477112168.8%25520.0%31
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 12372001309.2%18316.7%20
Stats Against (vs. Division) 22876122349.4%33824.2%36
NY RANGERS - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
MARTIN BIRON (All Games)441019291.1%11-3-2.61-3-0-32-2
MARTIN BIRON (Road Games)22504590.0%11-1+0.11-1-000-2
MARTIN BIRON (vs. Division)22514792.2%00-2-2.70-2-0-32-0
MARTIN BIRON (Last 4 Games)441019291.1%11-3-2.61-3-0-32-2
HENRIK LUNDQVIST (All Games)181749145191.9%010-7+1.210-7-0+16-9
HENRIK LUNDQVIST (Road Games)5516615392.2%01-4-3.41-4-0-31-3
HENRIK LUNDQVIST (vs. Division)7618216691.2%03-3-0.43-3-001-5
HENRIK LUNDQVIST (Last 4 Games)4411210392.0%03-1+1.43-1-0+12-1

NY ISLANDERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games10-13-0-2.810-13-2.814-
Team Stats (Home Games)4-9-0-6.44-9-6.48-52.630.03.627.8
Last 5 Games2-3-0-1.72-3-1.73-
vs. Division4-5-0-0.24-5-0.25-42.427.23.230.1
NY ISLANDERS Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)23701229254468810.2%912123.1%114
Team Stats (Home Games)133471313123908.7%601118.3%60
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5165461214810.8%16212.5%25
Team Stats (vs. Division)9222126212459.0%41922.0%37
Stats Against (All Games) 781826322669511.2%811417.3%136
Stats Against (Home Games) 47716231536213.0%40922.5%84
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 183951215311.8%15426.7%32
Stats Against (vs. Division) 29610130327110.7%31722.6%50
NY ISLANDERS - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
RICK DIPIETRO (All Games)33837185.5%00-3-3.20-3-0-32-1
RICK DIPIETRO (Home Games)11302583.3%00-1-1.20-1-0-11-0
RICK DIPIETRO (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
RICK DIPIETRO (Last 4 Games)33837185.5%00-3-3.20-3-0-32-1
EVGENI NABOKOV (All Games)191957952290.2%010-9+1.610-9-0+211-8
EVGENI NABOKOV (Home Games)111130026688.7%04-7-44-7-0-36-5
EVGENI NABOKOV (vs. Division)9926824290.3%04-5-0.24-5-005-4
EVGENI NABOKOV (Last 4 Games)4412411189.5%02-2-0.42-2-002-2
KEVIN POULIN (All Games)11272488.9%00-1-1.30-1-0-11-0
KEVIN POULIN (Home Games)11272488.9%00-1-1.30-1-0-11-0
KEVIN POULIN (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
KEVIN POULIN (Last 4 Games)11272488.9%00-1-1.30-1-0-11-0
Average power rating of opponents played: NY RANGERS 3.15,  NY ISLANDERS 3.1
NY RANGERS - Schedule
2/10/2013TAMPA BAY5-1W0, -150W5.5 unO
2/12/2013at BOSTON4-3W0, +115W5 unO
2/14/2013NY ISLANDERS3-4L0, -155L5.5 unO
2/17/2013WASHINGTON2-1W0, -180W5.5 unU
2/19/2013MONTREAL1-3L0, -160L5 evU
2/21/2013at OTTAWA2-3L0, -145L5 unP
2/23/2013at MONTREAL0-3L0, +120L5 unU
2/26/2013WINNIPEG3-4L0, -155L5.5 unO
2/28/2013TAMPA BAY4-1W0, -150W5.5 unU
3/3/2013BUFFALO3-2W0, -210W5 ovP
3/5/2013PHILADELPHIA4-2W0, -130W5.5 unO
3/7/2013at NY ISLANDERS 
3/10/2013at WASHINGTON 
3/12/2013at BUFFALO 
3/14/2013at WINNIPEG 
3/16/2013at PITTSBURGH 

2/9/2013BUFFALO2-3L0, -120L5.5 ovU
2/11/2013CAROLINA4-6L0, -115L5.5 ovO
2/14/2013at NY RANGERS4-3W0, +135W5.5 unO
2/16/2013NEW JERSEY5-1W0, -105W5.5 unO
2/18/2013PHILADELPHIA0-7L0, -110L5.5 ovO
2/19/2013at OTTAWA1-3L0, +105L5.5 unU
2/21/2013at MONTREAL4-3W0, +130W5.5 unO
2/23/2013at BUFFALO4-0W0, +105W5.5 ovU
2/24/2013CAROLINA2-4L0, -130L5.5 ovO
2/26/2013BOSTON1-4L0, +135L5.5 unU
2/28/2013TORONTO4-5L0, -140L5.5 evO
3/3/2013OTTAWA3-2W0, -160W5.5 unU
3/5/2013MONTREAL6-3W0, +100W5.5 unO
3/7/2013NY RANGERS 
3/10/2013at PITTSBURGH 
3/14/2013at TAMPA BAY 
3/16/2013at FLORIDA 

LAST SEASON: 51-24-7, 109 points. Lost to New Jersey 4-2 in Eastern Conference finals.

COACH: John Tortorella, 6th season with Rangers, 145-100-26; 14th overall, 384-322-100 in NHL.

ADDED: LW Rick Nash, RW Arron Asham, C Micheal Haley, LW Taylor Pyatt, C Jeff Halpern.

LOST: C Artem Anisimov, C Brandon Dubinsky, D Tim Erixon, C John Mitchell, RW Brandon Prust, G Chad Johnson, D Jeff Woywitka, D John Scott, LW Ruslan Fedotenko.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Nash. The big power forward has finally emerged from relative obscurity and landed on the big stage. The 28-year-old Nash, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 draft by Columbus, played in only four playoff games in nine seasons with the Blue Jackets. His size and scoring ability will both be major factors for the Rangers' offense, which now boasts three premier forwards in Nash, Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards.

OUTLOOK: With reigning Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist in net, and Nash teaming up with Gaborik and Richards up front, the Rangers have every reason to believe they can again top the Eastern Conference in the regular season and carry that through the playoffs, as well.


LAST SEASON: 34-37-7, 79 points. Missed the playoffs by finishing 14th in the Eastern Conference.

COACH: Jack Capuano, 3rd season with Islanders, 60-66-21; 3rd overall in NHL.

ADDED: D Lubomir Visnovsky, D Matt Carkner, RW Brad Boyes, LW Eric Boulton, D Radek Martinek.

LOST: RW P.A. Parenteau, G Al Montoya, C Micheal Haley.

PLAYER TO WATCH: John Tavares. Fresh off his first 30-goal season in the NHL, the 22-year-old center is already establishing himself as a star heading into his fourth year with the Islanders. Tavares has increased his goal and point totals each season, topping out at 31 goals and 81 points in 2011-12 while playing in all 82 games.

OUTLOOK: With veteran goalie Evgeni Nabokov behind them, the Islanders could surprise some people in a short season. With young talent up front, led by Tavares, the up-and-coming club could hang around and perhaps sneak into a playoff spot in the sprint to the finish.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (NY RANGERS-NY ISLANDERS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Rangers-Islanders Preview* ===========================


New York (11-8-2) at New York (10-11-2), 7:00 p.m. EDT

While the New York Rangers are thrilled that Rick Nash is providing a long-awaited spark, their thoughts are likely more focused on Marc Staal.

With Staal trying to recover from a scary injury, the Rangers will search for a season-high fourth straight victory Thursday night when they visit the New York Islanders, who are also seeking their longest win streak in 2012-13.

Nash scored two third-period goals in Tuesday's 4-2 victory over Philadelphia, but that was tempered by the loss of Staal. The defenseman got hit in the right eye by a deflected puck with 14:15 remaining before skating off with some help.

"You never want to see that. It's a tough play. It's a bang-bang play. We're hoping he's okay," captain Ryan Callahan said.

Staal's brother, Carolina captain Eric Staal, told the league's official website Wednesday that doctors were waiting for the swelling to go down before determining the extent of the injury.

As insurance, the Rangers (11-8-2) claimed 38-year-old Roman Hamrlik off waivers. The former No. 1 overall draft pick and NHL's active leader with 1,383 games was cut by Washington on Tuesday after appearing in only four contests.

The status of veteran center Brad Richards is also unknown due to an upper-body injury and Nash will try to help his short-handed team by adding to his recent scoring binge, which has come after a four-game absence with an undisclosed injury.

Nash is riding a seven-game point streak and has four of his team high-tying seven goals during the three straight wins. The winger has scored all of his goals during the third period, and New York is 7-0-1 in the last eight games he's played.

"He's scoring big goals. (Shots are) going in for him. He's been pretty important since he's come back. He's really ignited us," coach John Tortorella said.

Nash has one assist in two games against the Islanders (10-11-2) this season. Rookie center J.T. Miller scored his only two NHL goals in a 4-1 home victory Feb. 7, and the Rangers couldn't build on an early two-goal lead in another matchup at Madison Square Garden a week later, falling 4-3 in a shootout.

The Islanders enter having earned back-to-back wins on their season-high seven-game homestand after dropping the first three. They scored three times in the third period to top Montreal 6-3 on Tuesday.

Radek Martinek's tiebreaking goal was his first since Oct. 12, 2011, and with his help, the Islanders will try to record their first three-game win streak since March 25-29.

"Having the Rangers here will be intense," Martinek said. "All we can do is continue playing the way we have these past two here at home. It's really a simple game. You have to play hard every night."

Marian Gaborik has scored a goal in six straight games against the Islanders and has 21 goals and 13 assists in his past 23 matchups. The 21 goals are tied for his most versus any opponent over his career.

John Tavares has a goal in his last three games against the Rangers, and his 21 points in 19 matchups (eight goals, 13 assists) are his most versus any team.

The Rangers, 2-4-1 on the road, are seeking their first four-game win streak since March 24-30. They're 1-2-1 in their last four visits to the Islanders but 5-0-2 in the last seven overall meetings.

Last Updated: 9/25/2018 4:20:28 AM EST

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