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Rangers and Islanders renew rivalry

Wednesday, 12.01.2010 / 9:00 PM / Schedule

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Rangers and Islanders renew rivalry
There's nothing like a game between the Rangers and Islanders to get New York-area hockey fans' juices flowing. The team's haven't met in more than six weeks, but they'll get together for the opener of a home-and-home series at the Nassau Coliseum on Thursday -- one of eight games on the NHL schedule.

The Isles won the first meeting, 6-4 on Oct. 11, but haven't won much since then. They've been off since snapping a 14-game losing streak with a 2-0 victory against New Jersey on Friday. The Rangers had a two-day break following Monday night's 3-1 home loss to Pittsburgh -- their seventh game in 11 days.

The Rangers-Islanders game is one of five that gets under way at 7 p.m. ET.

Tampa Bay continues a road trip with a stop in Boston. The Lightning is coming off a 4-3 overtime win at Toronto on Tuesday. The Leafs stay home for a game against Edmonton. New Jersey, which bounced back from the loss to the Isles by beating Philadelphia 2-1 in a shootout on Saturday, hosts Montreal in a game that can be seen on RDS in Canada. The Penguins go for their eighth consecutive victory when they host Atlanta. The Thrashers have won their last six, including a 3-2 OT win at Colorado on Tuesday.

A half-hour later, San Jose starts a five-game road trip with a visit to Ottawa in a game that can be seen on the NHL Network in the United States. Both teams are coming off losses -- San Jose dropped a 5-3 decision to Detroit on Tuesday, while Ottawa lost 4-1 to Edmonton on Monday night.

At 8:30 p.m. ET, Pacific Division-leading Dallas tries to build on Monday's 4-1 win at Carolina when it hosts Washington. Two hours later, the Florida Panthers continue their Western trip with a stop in Los Angeles, where the Kings are trying to bounce back from Monday's 2-0 loss at Anaheim. That game can be seen in Canada on the NHL Network.
Quote of the Day

It's obviously not fun to not know, but on the other hand, I'm not in a rush. I'm going to be back to 100 percent before I start playing. I'm not going to play on 90 percent.

— Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom in an interview with Washington Post about whether he will be able to play in 2015-16 opener