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New York Islanders at New York Rangers [Game 7]

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The battle for New York supremacy

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7:00 P.M. E.S.T.
Radio Network Arena Network Radio
88.7 FM WRHU MSG+2 Madison Square Garden MSG 98.7 FM WEPN
League Value Metric Value League
22nd 41.7% Points Percentage 21.4% 28th
30th .00% Power Play Percentage 24.14% 11th
14th 80.00% Penalty Kill Percentage 74.07% 30th
31st 80.00% Combined Special Teams 98.21% 20th
24th 2.50 Goals for per Game (All Situations) 2.43 25th
16th 3.00 Goals against per Game (All Situations) 3.71 23rd
16th .00 Penalty +/- per Game (All Situations) .29 10th
14th 50.69% Shot Attempt Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 45.98% 28th
10th 51.07% Scoring Chance Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 44.19% 29th
14th 101.31% P.D.O. (5V5) 96.72% 24th
19th 7.29% Shooting Percentage (5V5) 5.24% 26th
6th 94.02% Save Percentage (5V5) 91.48% 19th
Data from Hockey-Reference.com and Natural Stat Trick
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Reminder - This game is on MSG+2

The always high-energy matchup in the battle of New York (Sorry Buffalo Sabres) has finally arrived. The New York Islanders take on the New York Rangers in their first matchup of the year live at Madison Square Garden.

Both teams had came into the year with high expectations and hoped to compete for a playoff spot. It's still early, but it's safe to say things haven't exactly gone as planned. As it stands the Islanders come in with the second worst points percentage in the Metropolitan with the Rangers coming in dead last in the division. The respective clubs will be looking to jump start their seasons in addition to the chance to declare New York supremacy until their next matchup.

The Islanders woes have been well documented - They're one of only two teams in the N.H.L. who haven't scored on the power play so far this season and as a result come in with the league's worst special teams percentage despite being above the league average in penalty kill. Only the Anaheim Ducks have had a worse power play as they've had zero goals in their first 21 power plays this season. As a result, Doug Weight has inserted Ryan Pulock into the lineup as the seventh defenseman in replacement of Nikolay Kulemin who has struggled mightily this year. Weight and the staff are hoping that Pulock's right handed shot will disrupt their power play woes.

The Rangers struggles have been numerous so far this season. They are bottom five in possession at even strength and are second to last in scoring chance ratios. In addition to that, their penalty kill second to last which should give the Islanders an even greater chance to fix their aforementioned power play problems. They've also had problems shooting the puck as they come in 26th in shooting percentage at even strength and the decision to sign Ondrej Pavelec may have been short-sighted as their goaltending has been a position of weakness rather than the position of strength that it once was. All and all, it's been an awful start for the Rangers this season.

Jaroslav Halak has been known as a Rangers killer since signing with the Islanders. He'll get the start tonight against Henrik Lundqvist. The puck drops at 7:05 P.M. E.S.T.

New York Islanders Lines

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Anders Lee John Tavares Jordan Eberle
Andrew Ladd Mathew Barzal Josh Bailey
Jason Chimera Brock Nelson Josh Ho-Sang
Ryan Pulock Casey Cizikas Cal Clutterbuck
Left Defence Right Defense
Nick Leddy Johnny Boychuk
Calvin de Haan Adam Pelech
Thomas Hickey Scott Mayfield
Goalies
Jaroslav Halak
Thomas Greiss

New York Rangers Lines

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Rick Nash Mika Zibanejad Mats Zuccarello
Chris Kreider David Desharnais J.T. Miller
Jimmy Vesey Kevin Hayes Jesper Fast
Michael Grabner Adam Cracknell Pavel Buchnevich
Left Defence Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Anthony DeAngelo
Brady Skjei Brendan Smith
Marc Staal Kevin Shattenkirk
Goalies
Henrik Lundqvist
Ondrej Pavelec