The Islanders come to town tonight, and those are always fun nights. Even though they stand no chance of making the playoffs, they always show up for a fight against the Rangers. Goaltending is a big issue on the island, and the Isles have the worst goaltending in the league. Ignoring GAA, the best Isles goalie is starting today (Evgeni Nabokov) and he sports a woeful .900 SV%. If there was ever a team to build scoring confidence on, it’s the Isles.
The Isles run an aggressive 1-2-2 forecheck and a 1-1-3 lock depending on the score, which they use to counter other teams mistakes. In the defensive zone, the Isles play man-on-man, so expect our defense to get pressured along the blueline. Look for blown coverages, as this Isles team is still a bit raw on defense. On special teams, the Isles run a 1-3-1 power play and a hybrid penalty kill.
Rangers Lineup (unconfirmed):
Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.
Game time is 7pm tonight on MSG. Don’t forget to check out our Rangers Tickets link for deals to attend games.