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%)
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.