The New York Islanders are scoring more goals than the Rangers, their powerplay and penalty kill are succeeding at higher rates (25.5%, 89.5%) than the Rangers (9.1%, 82.7%), they put on more shots per game than the Rangers, they take fewer penalties than the Rangers, and they've even been slightly better on faceoffs than the Rangers.
I mention this because counting stats, particularly after a dozen games, can be deceiving. (As just one "but really this" note, the Rangers are giving up considerably fewer shots on their PK than the Islanders are.)
As we know, their record is hardly better than the Rangers, and their 5-on-5 play and goaltending is not in the same ballpark. That poses quite the challenge for a team trying to break a five-game losing streak and keep its season, suddenly a quarter complete, in plausible fighting shape.
Ullstrom, Hickey scratched for rematch with Rangers
Lighthouse Hockey | Feb 14