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Preseason Game Preview: Islanders vs Rangers

The Islanders wrap up the preseason against the Rangers in Bridgeport (7 p.m., MSG+)

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / NewYorkIslanders.com

The New York Islanders wrap up the 2019 preseason on Saturday night, as they take on the New York Rangers at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. The game will be broadcast on MSG+.

Saturday is the last game for Barry Trotz and Lou Lamoriello to evaluate their camp roster and start making final determinations for the 23-man squad on opening night. There's currently still a battle for the final forward spots, as well as the intrigue surrounding Noah Dobson's bid to the make the big league. 

"We have so many tough decisions," Trotz said Friday. "We'll sit down after [Saturday's] game and have to make some hard decisions, but that will probably be more organizationally than anything. Right now I don't think we can make too many bad decisions."

Saturday's preseason finale won't be the exact same roster that takes the ice on October 4, but Trotz said the Bridgeport game could be a glimpse into the Islanders top-six defensemen this season. 

"I wouldn't say everyone would be opening lineup, but a good portion of it for sure," Trotz said of Saturday's roster. "One area I would like to get is just our D all set. At least one game."

The Islanders are 4-2-0 in preseason play, while the Rangers are 2-3-0. This is the second game between the Islanders and Rangers in five days, as the Isles lost 3-1 to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night. 

See below for tonight's rosters.

ISLANDERS ROSTER: 

GOALTENDERS: 

Semyon Varlamov
Thomas Greiss

DEFENSEMEN: 

Johnny Boychuk
Noah Dobson
Nick Leddy
Scott Mayfield
Adam Pelech
Ryan Pulock
Devon Toews

FORWARDS: 

Josh Bailey
Mathew Barzal
Anthony Beauvillier
Casey Cizikas
Cal Clutterbuck
Michael Dal Colle
Jordan Eberle
Simon Holmstrom
Ross Johnston
Leo Komarov
Anders Lee
Matt Martin
Brock Nelson
Oliver Wahlstrom


RANGERS ROSTER: 

GOALTENDERS: 

Alexandar Georgiev
Igor Shesterkin

DEFENSEMEN: 

Tony DeAngelo
Adam Fox
Libor Hajek
Ryan Lindgren
Joe Morrow
Tarmo Reunanen
Brady Skjei
Brendan Smith

FORWARDS: 

Lias Andersson
Filip Chytil
Jesper Fast
Micheal Haley
Brett Howden
Vitali Kravtsov
Brendan Lemieux
Vinni Lettieri
Greg McKegg
Vladislav Namestnikov
Boo Nieves
Artemi Panarin

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