Tonight the Rangers are in Brooklyn to take on the Isles in a battle of the tank. Well, it’s funny. The Islanders bought at the deadline –sorta– and couldn’t win to save their lives. The Rangers sold at the deadline and can’t lose to save their lives. It’s kinda funny, yet kinda sad.
But here’s the important thing: An Isles win in regulation moves them ahead of the Rangers in the standings. I can’t root for the Isles, but I can be less irritated by a loss to the Isles with that caveat. I know, I’m playing Switzerland here. Fully admitting it.
On the forecheck, Doug Weight appears to have the Islanders rotating between a 2-1-2 and a 1-2-2, but use both aggressively. In the defensive zone, it looked like an aggressive zone, likely a hybrid strong side overload/zone. On the penalty kill, it looks like a wedge+1. The powerplay is mostly overload, but they work in a 1-3-1 every now and then.
Nick Leddy-Dennis Seidenberg
Adam Pelech-Ryan Pulock
Thomas Hickey-Brandon Davidson
Jaro Halak gets the start.
Ondrej Pavelec gets the start.
Crazy Prediction: Both teams stop skating in an attempt to lose.
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