NEWS, NOTES AND QUOTESHalak Starts:
Jaroslav Halak will start in goal tonight for the Islanders. Halak is 22-8-0 on the season with a 2.29 goals against average and a .914 save percentage. The Islanders goaltender made 40 saves in a 6-3 win over the Rangers in their first meeting at MSG this season. Lundqvist Starts:
Henrik Lundqvist will start in goal tonight for the Rangers. Lundqvist has won 12 of his last 13 starts and has a 20-8-3 record this season. The Rangers netminder has only allowed three goals total in his last three games. Lineup:
The Islanders are going with the same 18 skaters from Saturday’s 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Projected Lines:
Where and When:
The Islanders are at Madison Square Garden
tonight and the game can be seen on MSG+
. Puck drop is at 7:00 p.m. Click here for channel listings.
Isles <3 NY:
The Islanders have won four of their last five trips to Madison Square Garden, scoring five or more goals in three of them. Streaking:
The Islanders have won two straight games and five of their last seven games. Rangers Streaking:
The Rangers have won 13 of their last 14 games and are the hottest team in the NHL.Strait’s 100th:
Brian Strait will play his 100th career NHL game tonight.Tavares:
John Tavares has 10 points (six goals, four assists) in eight games since the NHL’s holiday break. He also has 26 points (nine goals, 17 assists) in 27 career games against the Rangers. Nash:
Rick Nash’s 26 goals are tied with Tyler Seguin for the league lead. They Said It:Casey Cizikas on playing the Rangers:
These two points are the biggest so far this season. It’s going to be a hard-fought game. Guys are going to be getting in those corners, guys are going to be grinding it out, guys are going to get gritty. It’s just a matter of who stays with it for 60 minutes. John Tavares on the Islanders-Rangers rivalry:
New York fans certainly get into it. I know there is a lot of pride on the line, for us as well.
Any time you beat the Rangers as an Islander, it’s a lot of fun, you enjoy it and I know the fans appreciate it, so that’s what we are going to try to do.