The Rangers close out their season series against the Islanders tonight at The Garden, with New York hockey bragging rights on the line. The Rangers are in the playoff hunt, and the Isles are likely to miss out, but the season series is tied at two games a piece. The Rangers have a little breathing room in the standings, but still need to tack on the points against bottom feeders.
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.
Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.
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