New York-New York: Round I Tonight

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By The Numbers

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Rangers: The Blueshirts have surrendered at least one power play goal in eight straight games heading into action tonight. In fact the only game this season that the Rangers have not yielded a power play tally was opening night in Boston when they were shorthanded a season-high seven times. By comparison, in 2011-12 the longest such stretch of games where the Rangers allowed a power play goal was four, which occurred twice---between games 16 through 19 and 57 through 60. The Rangers, of course, looked to help solidify their penalty killing by acquiring the skilled PK specialist Darroll Powe from Minnesota on Monday.

 

Islanders: Though they have cooled off a bit, the Islanders specialty teams have been excellent to start the 2013 season. The Isles started off a scorching 9-24 on the power play through seven games. However they failed on 14 power play opportunities combined in their back-to-back losses to Pittsburgh and New Jersey heading into action tonight. And the Isles have only surrendered three power play goals all season, with two of those coming in the past two games. The Islanders started the season 24-25 on the penalty kill through the first seven games.