5 Facts to Know for Rangers-Islanders

The Rangers are back from their bye break and take on the Islanders at The Garden today.

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1 The Last Time They Met ...

The Blueshirts will be looking for their first win against the Isles this season after managing to earn a point back on Oct. 19 at The Garden.

The home side rallied from two goals down to force overtime but lost in the shootout.

2 Return of the King

Henrik Lundqvist reflects on the bye week and talks about being selected for the fourth time in his career to the NHL All-Star Game.

Henrik Lundqvist was named to his fourth All-Star Game Wednesday and continues to defy Father Time with his performances.

He’s posted a 5-2-2 record with a 2.05 goals against average and a .943 save percentage in his last nine appearances.

3 Lineup Changes

Kevin Hayes is unlikely to play today after suffering an injury in Sunday’s game in Vegas. However, Pavel Buchnevich will return to the lineup eager to snap a 10-game goalless drought.

On the defensive side, Brandan Smith with be replaced for the second consecutive game by Steven Kampfer.

4 Shattenkirk Stats

Kevin Shattenkirk has one assist in his last nine games but playing the Isles might cure that. 

In 10 career games against them, Shattenkirk has recorded 12 points (3 goals, 9 assists) and has posted a point in seven out of his last eight games against them.

5 Right on the Marc


Marc Staal has recorded more points against the Islanders than any other NHL opponent in his career.

The veteran defenseman has five goals and 15 assists in 47 career games against the Rangers’ bitter rivals.