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The Islanders took the season series from the Rangers in last year’s campaign (3-2), but the Rangers have different ideas this time around.
The Rangers snapped a three game skid with their recent win over the Hurricanes. New York has been banged up, missing several key pieces. This poses a challenge as they venture over the Brooklyn Bridge to face the surging Islanders.
The Islanders have picked up six points in their last four games with Ryan Strome leading the charge. Yes, back from his AHL relegation, Strome has hit the ice in stride, scoring twice in his return. That seems to be the difference that can set the Islanders apart from other teams (when they’re on). The offensive depth they posses makes life a lot easier for the big boys. If the third and fourth line can continue their success, combined with the injuries for the Rangers, it looks like an Islanders win is in the cards.
However the Rangers have an ace up their sleeve- or maybe I should say a king up their sleeve. King Henrik, allowing less than two goals a game this season, is poised to start. The Islanders will announce their starting goalie after the morning skate.
What’s it going to be? Will Lundqvist put the Rangers on his back in Brooklyn, or will the Isles depth be too much to handle?