The New York Rangers will face the New York Islanders for the first time this season at UBS Arena, the new home of the Islanders. The Rangers scored an exciting victory against the Buffalo Sabres, in which defender Ryan Lindgren scored the winning goal with less than one second left in the game, bringing the blue shirts The record improved to 11-4-3. So far, the Islanders have been struggling with a 5-8-2 record in the first month of the season, ranked bottom in the Mets, and are in a six-game losing streak.However, competition is expected Stay strong In tonight’s game, regardless of the current position of the two teams in the standings. Before the game tonight, let’s take a look at some of the story lines of the two clubs.
3 Storyline: New York Islanders (5-8-2)
Islander season interrupted by COVID outbreak
The reason for the islanders’ slow start and multiple losing streaks is COVID-19 outbreak Among the list. Josh Bailey, Anders Lee, Ross Johnston, Andy Greene, Adam Pelech, Kieffer Bellows and Zdeno Chara are in the COVID-19 agreement.Anthony Beauviller obeyed etiquette and missed the match last Saturday Calgary FlameHe tested a false positive and rejoined the team for Sunday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The loss of a few players began to have an impact on the team, as more inexperienced players were asked to play a more important role in the lineup and were defeated by opponents. The Islanders need to persevere and knock themselves out of last place as soon as possible, so as not to fall behind other teams they compete with in the Mets. In addition to all NHL teams, the organization also needs to continue to be as vigilant as possible, hoping that COVID-19 will not have a greater impact on the team.
Key player injury hurts islanders
Except for the COVID outbreak, the Islanders will have no defensive player Ryan Pulock for four to six weeks Lower limb injuryForward Brock Nelson will also miss two to four weeks due to lower limb injuries. The former is one of the organization’s top defenders, while the latter leads in goals and scoring with 9 and 11 points respectively. Plock was injured in a game against the Tampa Bay Chargers on November 15. Nelson was injured in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs last Sunday.
Head coach Barry Trotz changed the route combination and created sparks for the offense. However, there are many requirements to quickly establish continuity with players who are making up for the loss of their best defensive players, leading shooters, and players in the COVID agreement. However, all teams need to deal with injuries and unexpected COVID outbreaks. With the Stanley Cup champion on his resume, this experienced and accomplished coach knows how to make his players perform at their best.
Islanders lack score
In addition to injuries and the COVID outbreak, the Islanders also have difficulty in scoring as they rank 31stYingshi Ranked last in the league and last in the Eastern Conference, scoring an average of 2.07 goals per game (GF/GP). The team played a game this month, and back on November 4th, they scored more than two goals. In seven games where the Islanders only scored two goals, the team won one of them.
The lack of goals scored translates into a low percentage of strength. Islander Rank 30day In the league and 15day In the Eastern Conference, the conversion rate was 12.2%. Nelson and forward Oliver Wahlstrom each had two powerful goals, and Beauvillier scored a goal with a manpower advantage.
3 Storyline: New York Rangers (11-4-3)
Uncertainty in the position of the substitute goalkeeper
Alexander GeorgievAs a backup goalkeeper for the Rangers, he has been struggling this season. He started in the first game against the Washington Capitals. His performance was poor and he was not a reliable substitute throughout the year. In his most recent start against the Sabres last Sunday, he scored 4 goals in 18 shots before being pulled to starter Igor Shesterkin.
Georgiev played six games, including five starts, with a record of 2-1-1. His average number of goals (GAA) is 4.08, and his save rate (SV%) is 0.858. It remains to be seen whether the Rangers will get a substitute through a trade or promote a goalkeeper for the Hartford Wolves in the American Hockey League (AHL). Keith Kincaid previously served as a substitute for the Rangers. Another option that can be invoked is Adam Huska. He is an exemption, which will prevent another team from requesting him an exemption, which is different from Georgiev if he is called to the Wolves or Kinkaid.
Looking for a player to replace Bryce on the top line
Head coach Gerald Galante is always looking for an alternative long-term solution Sammy Bryce forward, He suffered a torn frontal critical ligament (ACL) in the last game against the New Jersey Devils and will miss the rest of the 2021-22 season. Forward Barclay Gudrow was placed on the top line, but the Rangers coach decided to transfer him to the fourth line center line. In the game against the Sabres, the head coach put Dryden Hunter together with Mika Zibanejad and Chris Crader to push Dryden Hunter to the right wing of the first line. .
Hunter had some success with the help of Zibanejad and Clayder, as he almost missed scoring opportunities after being transferred to the top line. Gudrow played well on the fourth line with forward Ryan Reeves after being moved there by Galante. “I don’t know what we are going to do in the next game, but I absolutely love it. The coaches have talked about it. Huntsie has been our good player from the beginning. He has played different roles. He played in the fourth line. A different role, but I like what he brings. He has some offensive touches and he can really shoot. Of course, this may be a possibility,” (from “Gerard Galant Inspiring the Rangers through the adjustment of Dryden Hunter’s lineup”, New York Post, 11/22/2021).
Familiar enemies in the schedule
In addition to the original six games against the Boston Bruins on Friday afternoon, the Rangers will also play against the Islanders in two of the next three games. The Blue Shirts started playing against the Philadelphia Flyers in December to reignite the “Broadway and Broad Street” competition. The Rangers faced the Devils on November 14 and defeated them 4-3 in a shootout.
The Blue Shirts defeated the other teams in the Metropolitan Division 3-1 in the match against their opponents. Compared with games of non-divisional teams, these games are usually more intense, competitive, and more intense. Since losing to the Capitals in the first game, the Rangers will continue to maintain their momentum against the divisional teams.
Since the Islanders debuted in the 1972-73 season, the Rangers vs. Islanders competition has been one of the best games in the NHL. Regardless of their record, the team always takes their A-level matches to determine which team in New York is better. Despite the injuries and players in the COVID agreement, the Islanders still have the motivation to do their best for the Rangers to defeat their mortal enemy.
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