The Islanders are looking at tonight as a measuring stick game

Islanders coach Jack Capuano said yesterday that the Rangers are a team that plays a with a “good pace” and have some “skill and size.” (NY Post)

He said that there is a reason the Rangers got to the Stanley Cup Final last year and that tonight’s game will be a “measuring stick” game for the Islanders. (NY Post)

He said that it will be a good test for the Islanders to play against a “real good team that is playing well.” (NY Post)

Scott Arniel said on Tuesday that he thinks both teams will be ready to go tonight. He added that the Rangers haven’t had much luck against the Islanders this year but they hope to change that tonight. (NYR)

Henrik Lundqvist starts in net for the Rangers tonight

Henrik LundqvistHenrik Lundqvist is in net against the Islanders tonight at the Nassau Coliseum.

This season, Lundqvist has two starts against the Islanders but was pulled after two periods in his last start. He has stopped 50 of 59 shots he has faced against the Islanders this season.

From the Rangers Game Notes, in his career against the Islanders, Lundqvist is 29-14-5 with a 2.19 GAA, .921 save percentage and 5 shutouts.

From the game notes, including the Stadium Series game at Yankee Stadium last year, the Lundqvist is 4-0-0 with a 0.99 GAA and .967 save percentage.

Matt Hunwick is in/rest of lineup is TBA

Scott Arniel announced that Matt Hunwick will be in the Rangers lineup tonight as the sixth defenseman but the rest of the lineup is TBA since some players are “under the weather.” (NYR)

Hunwick has been in the lineup the last five games.

Arniel met with the media since Alain Vigneault is ill as well. (NYR)

Buzz: The Rangers may have interest in Antoine Vermette (Updates)

1/27/15 | 11:43AM: Vermette would help the Rangers down the middle and likely with their possession stats. (ESPN Insider)

1/22/15 | 11:34AM: Darren Dreger said that the price he has heard on Vermette is a prospect and a roster player. (NHL.com)

1/22/15 | 7:28AM: Larry Brooks wonders if JT Miller could be used to acquire Vermette but says that doing so wouldn’t guarantee a long playoff run. (NY Post)

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The status of tonight’s game against the Islanders

11:41AM:

10:49AM: The Isles say that Jaro Halak is in goal for tonight. (NYI)

RANGERS12110:36AM: The Islanders are on the ice for their morning skate right now. (NYI)

10:35AM: The Rangers just tweeted “game on” in regards to tonight’s game against the Islanders. (NYR)

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Where the Rangers rank heading into the second half

RangersAfter 44 games, the Rangers are 27-13-4 and sit in third place in the Metro division, two points behind the Penguins but with two games in hand.

The Rangers are 14-6-3 at MSG and 13-7-1 on the road.

They rank

  • 6th in goals per game with 3.00
  • 3rd in goals against per game at 2.32
  • 29th in faceoff win percentage at 46.6%
  • 5th in first period goals for (45) and 29th (2nd fewest) in first period goals against (27)

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  • 18th in second period goals (41) and 25th in second period goals against (37)
  • 18th in third period goals (42) and 19th in third period goals against (38)
  • 9th in one goal game percentage (.579) 11-4-4
  • 13th in win percentage when outshooting the opponent
  • 4th in win percentage when being outshot
  • 8th in PIM per game with 9.2
  • 5th with the fewest penalties taken (167) and 6th in PIM overall
  • 12th in PP percentage at 19.3%
  • 26th in PP opportunities with 135
  • 13th in PK percentage with 82.4%
  • 7th in fewest times shorthanded with 136
  • 5th in goal differential at +28
  • 20th in hits with 1,022
  • 21st in blocked shots with 633
  • 26th in shots that have missed the net with 468
  • 10th in giveaways with 418
  • 7th in takeaways with 357
  • 8th in win percentage when leading after one period. (16-1-2) .842
  • 3rd in the NHL in win percentage when leading after two periods (20-0-1) .952
  • 7th in win percentage when scoring first (22-4-2) .786
  • 17th in win percentage when being scored on first (5-9-2) .313
  • 19th in Corsi with 49.5% of the 5 on 5 shot attempts (War On Ice)
  • 26th in the league in fewest offensive zone faceoffs (618) (War On Ice)
  • 6th fewest starts in the defensive zone. (War On Ice)