Rangers vs Islanders by the numbers: Take it to them!

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Feb 25, 2020; Uniondale, New York, USA; New York Islanders center Jean-Gabriel Pageau (44) and New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba (8) fight during the third period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers will face the New York Islanders for the first time this season. It will be their first ever visit to the Isles new home, UBS Arena. Despite being battered with COVID and injuries, this is still a rivalry game and the Blueshirts have to be ready to bring it.

Here’s the game day preview by the numbers.

NYR: 11-4-3 (25 POINTS)
NYI: 5-8-2 (12 POINTS)


Rangers last game: 5-4 win vs Buffalo Sabres

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All-Time: 132-121-19-10 (74-50-11-6 at home; 58-71-8-4 on the road)

The Rangers are 4-3-1 in their last 8 games on the road against the Islanders. Per NYR Stats and Info, UBS Arena will be the 88th venue in franchise history that the team has played in (regular season or playoffs).

Morning Skate – 11:30 AM (UBS Arena)

Head coach Gerard Gallant and select players will speak to the media following morning skate.

Rangers that can storm the Island:

Artemi Panarin – 23 GP, 10G-17A=27 PTS – Panarin has eight games against the Islanders with two or more points, including three three-point games and one five point game on January 13, 2020.

Mika Zibanejad – 35 GP, 7G-16A=23 PTS – Zibanejad has at least one point in 19 of 35 games in his career against the Islanders. On February 25, 2020, Zibanejad scored the overtime winner against the Islanders.

Chris Kreider – 35 GP, 10G-10A=20 PTS – Kreider has a point in 14 games against the Islanders and had a three- game point streak against them from Jan. 13-20, 2020.

Per New York Rangers Game Notes

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New York Rangers by the numbers

New Places: The Blueshirts are 3-1-1 in their last five games in a brand new building.

Shoot the Puck!: Since November 13th, the team is averaging 36 shots per game which is tied for 3rd most in the NHL during that span.

Hitting Machine: Blueshirts are 4th in the NHL with 490 hits.

Metro Success: The Rangers are 3-1 in their own division this season.

Key Rangers:

Igor Shesterkin needs to improve on his career stats vs the Isles (5 GP, 0-4-1, 18 GA, 3.61 GAA)

Kaapo Kakko has a four game point streak (3G-2A)

Ryan Strome has a six game point streak (1G -6A)

Panarin heating up with 15 points in his last 11 games. He now has 19 points in 18 games this season.

Rangers Milestones within reach

Mika Zibanejad is 1 overtime goal away from tying Cecil Dillon, Butch Keeling and Brian Leetch (7 each) for the most overtime goals by a player in Rangers history. He’s 2 points away from his 300th point as a Blueshirt.

Artemi Panarin is 8 points away from 500 career points.

Rangers Special Teams

  • NYR PP is running at 21.2%
  • NYR PK is working at 77.4%

*All Stats and Info courtesy New York Rangers

Three Keys for victory

  • Ignore the standings, the injuries, and play hard from the drop of the puck
  • Expect the Islanders to play frustrated; capitalize on your power play chances
  • Watch your back! If this gets ugly early, the Isles could turn their frustration to anger quick

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Anthony Scultore is the founder of Forever Blueshirts and has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL... More about Anthony Scultore

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