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New York Islanders vs. New York Rangers Pick & Prediction JAN 16TH 2021

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Pavel Buchnevich had two goals and an assist, Artemi Panarin also scored twice and Alexandar Georgiev made 23 saves as the New York Rangers defeated the visiting New York Islanders 5-0 Saturday night.

Kaapo Kakko also scored for the Rangers, who avenged a 4-0 loss to the Islanders on Thursday at Madison Square Garden in the season opener.

The Rangers spoiled the debut of Islanders goaltender Ilya Sorokin, who stopped 27 of 32 shots. Semyon Varlamov was scheduled to make his second consecutive start in net for the Islanders, but he was hit in the left collarbone by a shot from teammate Cal Clutterbuck before the game.

That opened a spot for Sorokin, 25, who was 26-10-3 with a 1.50 goals-against average and nine shutouts in 40 games for CSKA Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League last season.

The Rangers jumped out to an early lead, just as the Islanders had Thursday.

Mika Zibanejad stole the puck from an Islanders defenseman to set up a two-on-one break, with Buchnevich sneaking the puck under Sorokin's left elbow on a shot from the left faceoff circle at 2:12 of the first.

Panarin doubled the lead at 13:46, scoring on a breakaway after taking a long lead pass from Brendan Smith.

Buchnevich converted another turnover to make it 3-0 at 5:57 of the second. Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield ran into a linesman along the boards just inside the blue line, and Buchnevich was able to skate past and corral the puck at the top of the faceoff circle. From there, he ripped a wrist shot off the post and in.

The 19-year-old Kakko made it 4-0 at 15:24 of the second off an Islanders turnover at their own blue line. Phillip Di Giuseppe found Kakko alone on the right wing, and his one-timer beat Sorokin to the near post.

Panarin capped the scoring with a power-play goal at 15:56 of the third.

The Rangers' Alexis Lefreniere, the top overall pick in the 2020 draft, didn't record a point but had a plus-two rating in 15:39 on the ice.

--Field Level Media

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GAMES

Last 10

W 50% L 50%
5 5
  • @New Jersey L 0 - 2
  • New Jersey W 1 - 4
  • Boston W 0 - 1
  • @NY Rangers L 0 - 5
  • @NY Rangers W 4 - 0
  • Tampa Bay L 2 - 1
  • @Tampa Bay W 2 - 1
  • Tampa Bay L 4 - 1
  • Tampa Bay W 3 - 5
  • @Tampa Bay L 1 - 2
W 10% L 90%
1 9
  • @Pittsburgh L 2 - 3
  • @Pittsburgh L 3 - 4
  • New Jersey L 4 - 3
  • NY Islanders W 0 - 5
  • NY Islanders L 4 - 0
  • Carolina L 4 - 1
  • @Carolina L 1 - 4
  • @Carolina L 2 - 3
  • NY Islanders L 2 - 1
  • @Colorado L 2 - 3

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  • @Buffalo(02-15-19) W 6 - 2
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  • Pittsburgh(11-12-19) W 2 - 3
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Last Meetings

  • Islanders @ Rangers 0-5
  • Islanders @ Rangers 4-0
  • Islanders @ Rangers 2-1
  • Rangers @ Islanders 4-3
  • Islanders @ Rangers 4-2
  • Rangers @ Islanders 3-2
  • Islanders @ Rangers 2-6
  • Rangers @ Islanders 2-4
  • Islanders @ Rangers 1-3
  • Rangers @ Islanders 2-1

Eastern Conference

AtlanticWL OTPTSHOMEAWAYGFGAST L10
Toronto Maple Leafs52010 3-0-12-0-12219L15-0-2
Montreal Canadiens4019 0-0-04-0-02918L14-0-0
Tampa Bay Lightning3106 2-0-01-0-11510L13-0-1
Boston Bruins3117 2-0-01-0-11510L23-0-1
Florida Panthers2004 2-0-00-0-0106W22-0-0
Buffalo Sabres2304 0-0-22-0-11819L22-0-3
Detroit Red Wings2404 2-0-20-0-21220L22-0-4
Ottawa Senators1313 1-0-20-0-11420L41-0-3

Western Conference

CentralWL OTPTSHOMEAWAYGFGAST L10
Winnipeg Jets4208 2-0-12-0-12217L14-0-2
Minnesota Wild4208 1-0-13-0-11815L14-0-2
St. Louis Blues3206 2-0-11-0-11723L13-0-2
Colorado Avalanche3306 1-0-12-0-21815L13-0-3
Dallas Stars2004 2-0-00-0-0102W22-0-0
Chicago Blackhawks2315 2-0-00-0-31923L42-0-3
Nashville Predators2304 2-0-10-0-21217L32-0-3

Eastern Conference

MetropolitanWL OTPTSHOMEAWAYGFGAST L10
Pittsburgh Penguins4208 4-0-00-0-22123L24-0-2
Washington Capitals3017 1-0-02-0-02221L13-0-0
New Jersey Devils3106 2-0-01-0-11111L13-0-1
Philadelphia Flyers3206 3-0-10-0-12022L23-0-2
New York Islanders3206 2-0-01-0-298L13-0-2
Carolina Hurricanes2104 0-0-02-0-196L12-0-1
Columbus Blue Jackets2226 1-0-01-0-21518L22-0-2
New York Rangers1302 1-0-20-0-11315L31-0-3

Western Conference

PacificWL OTPTSHOMEAWAYGFGAST L10
Vegas Golden Knights51010 4-0-01-0-11912L15-0-1
San Jose Sharks3306 0-0-03-0-31921L13-0-3
Edmonton Oilers3406 1-0-32-0-11923L13-0-4
Calgary Flames2115 2-0-10-0-0139L12-0-1
Los Angeles Kings2226 1-0-11-0-12020L12-0-2
Anaheim Ducks2226 2-0-10-0-11114L22-0-2
Arizona Coyotes2304 2-0-10-0-21719L12-0-3
Vancouver Canucks2504 1-0-21-0-32033L22-0-5

Last Injuries

New York Rangers

  • Filip Chytil

    Upper Body
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Chytil has an upper body injury, and it is undetermined if he will play against the Sabres on Tuesday.

  • Kevin Rooney

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Rooney has been held out of the past three games due to an undefined injury, and it is unknown if he will play against the Penguins on Sunday.

  • Mika Zibanejad

    Upper Body
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Zibanejad sustained upper and lower-body injuries in the previous game, and it remains to be seen if he will line up for Friday's contest versus the Penguins.

  • Brendan Lemieux

    Lower Body
    Prob Fri | probable

    Lemieux is battling a lower-body injury, but he is projected to lace up against the Penguins on Friday.

  • Mika Zibanejad

    Undisclosed
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Zibanejad is on the mend after contracting the COVID-19 virus, but it is likely that he will be available for the season opener versus the Islanders.

New York Islanders

  • Josh Bailey

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Bailey has been placed on the NHL's COVID protocol list, and there is no timetable for return.

  • Johnny Boychuk

    Eye
    out for season | I-R

    Boychuk has been placed on the long-term injured reserve list with optic nerve damage to his eye, and he will miss the 2020-2021 season.

  • Semyon Varlamov

    Undisclosed
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Varlamov missed the last game after taking a puck to the neck, and it is unknown if he will face the Bruins on Monday.

  • Sebastian Aho

    Undisclosed
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Aho has been assigned to the injured reserve list due to an injury to an unlisted injury, and it is unknown how long he will be debilitated.

  • Michael Dal Colle

    Undisclosed
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Dal Colle has been designated for the injured reserve list with an unspecified injury, and there is no timetable for recovery.