The New York Islanders face a tough test in their cross-town rival New York Rangers. This should be a good test for the Isles.
The New York Islanders, who are in the basement of the Metropolitan Division, have surprisingly had a four game point streak. So the Islanders have a tough task as the other New York team comes to the Barclays Center.
This is their first meeting since the first game of the year, a game in which the Rangers won 5-3.
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“The Rangers are one of the elite teams in the league,” defenseman Johnny Boychuk said. “It’s a good gauge to go up against, see what we can do against them.”
Although the Islanders have been playing a little better, I’m not sure they are ready to hang with the Rangers just yet. The Rangers have a very explosive offense, although cooling off a little bit of late.
Part of the problem with the Islanders is turnovers. The Isles can’t afford to turn the puck over against this team as they will make you pay. The Islanders also have to stay out of the penalty box, although the PK has been better they’re just playing with fire.
Ultimately if the Islanders are to win this game tonight they’re going to have to score a lot of goals, they’ll have to stay out of the box, and they can’t afford to turn it over like they did against Detroit.