It’s rivalry night for the New York Islanders as they welcome their city rivals, the New York Rangers to the Barclays Center as the East’s second best and worst go toe-to-toe.
With a point in last night’s game against the Washington Capitals, the Buffalo Sabres leapfrogged the New York Islanders into 15th in the Eastern Conference. It’s back to the basement for the Islanders.
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Meanwhile, the New York Rangers sit loftily near the top of the East, and the league with an, unfortunately, enviable 35 points and a 17-8-1 record.
Unlike last season the two teams with New York in their names are completely dichotomic, where both are the exact opposite of the other. The Rangers can’t stop scoring and winning. While the Isles…well their at the bottom of the league for a reason.
The Isles have five players currently in double-digit point totals. The Rangers have 14 players in the double-digits. Five of those have 15 points or more. Both Kevin hayes and J.T. Miller sit with as many points as John Tavares.
All of this conspires in the money line being offered for tonight’s game. At the time of writing the Rangers are at a -125, they are clear favorites to win the game. But at +105 shows that Vegas isn’t writing off the isles just yet.
And why should they? The Islanders just went 3-1-0 in their last four beating two excellent hockey teams in the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins. Who says they can’t do the same to the Rangers tonight?
New York Islanders Potential Lineup:
Bailey-Tavares-Nelson Leddy-Hamonic Ladd-Strome-Prince Hickey-Boychuk Kulemin-Quine-Chimera de Haan-Seidenberg Lee-Cizikas-Clutterbuck Halak (Greiss)