Game Thread

Game 78: Rangers at Islanders

OPPONENT: New York Islanders

2010-2011 RECORD: 29-36-12

2010-2011 LEADING SCORER: John Tavares (27-34-61)

GOALIE: Al Montoya (2.35 GAA, .920 SV%)

RANGERS LINES:

Brandon Dubinsky-Artem Anisimov-Ryan Callahan
Vinny Prospal-Derek Stepan-Marian Gaborik
Ruslan Fedotenko-Brian Boyle-Brandon Prust
Sean Avery-Erik Christensen-Mats Zuccarello

Marc Staal-Dan Girardi
Ryan McDonagh-Mike Sauer
Bryan McCabe-Steve Eminger

Henrik Lundqvist
Chad Johnson

Scratched tonight: Derek Boogaard (concussion symptoms), Alex Frolov (knee), Chris Drury (knee), Martin Biron (collarbone), Matt Gilroy (healthy), and Wojtek Wolski (healthy).

STATE OF THE BLUESHIRTS: It’s amazing how quickly a game against a non-playoff team becomes a must win after one of the worst performances of the year. The Rangers stunk it up in Buffalo, and now a game against the Islanders is a must win, and probably the most important game of the season. A win tonight rights the ship, and keeps the Rangers on track for a playoff spot. A loss tonight gives the Hurricanes more hope, and more importantly, a reason for the Rangers to panic. They need to win games against teams they should beat, and this is one of those last opportunities. Sleep walking will not be tolerated tonight.

CRAZY THOUGHT: Gaborik gets a hat trick.

OPPONENT’S BLOG: Islanders Point Blank

PREDICTION: Rangers 4, Islanders 1

The game is at 7pm on MSG, and on 1050AM on your radio.

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