ISLANDERS (27-12-4) at RANGERS (21-19-4)
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The New York Rangers and New York Islanders will play the first of three games in nine days against each other, at Madison Square Garden on Monday. It'll be the first time the New York rivals will face each other this season.
They also play at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday and Jan. 21 at the Garden, where the Rangers have won four games in a row, outscoring the opposition 21-10.
Alexandar Georgiev will make his first start for the Rangers since Jan. 4. He is one of three goalies, along with Henrik Lundqvist and rookie Igor Shesterkin, on the roster.
The Rangers are 2-4-0 in their past six games. The Islanders are 4-2-1 in their past seven.
Players to watch
Islanders center Mathew Barzal has 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in eight games against the Rangers.
Rangers forward Artemi Panarin has scored at least three points in three straight home games. He has 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) in his past eight games overall.
They said it
"There's a rivalry factor here. These are important games for both teams. It's like a mini playoff series, so I hope it is a playoff intensity from our end. They'll probably have the same on their end. I'm looking forward to it, actually." -- Islanders coach Barry Trotz
"We've got to take advantage of the times we can counter quick. We play fast and we try to not let them get into their structure. I think that's the biggest part. You're not slowing the play down and letting them get into their structure. I mean, [the Islanders are] a really good team. We've got to be on our toes today and really be ready to play fast." -- Rangers center Mika Zibanejad
Islanders projected lineup
Anthony Beauvillier -- Mathew Barzal -- Josh Bailey
Anders Lee -- Brock Nelson -- Jordan Eberle
Michael Dal Colle -- Derick Brassard -- Tom Kuhnhackl
Matt Martin -- Leo Komarov -- Ross Johnston
Nick Leddy -- Ryan Pulock
Devon Toews -- Scott Mayfield
Noah Dobson -- Johnny Boychuk
Injured: Casey Cizikas (lower body), Adam Pelech (Achilles), Cal Clutterbuck (wrist)
Rangers projected lineup
Chris Kreider -- Mika Zibanejad -- Kaapo Kakko
Artemi Panarin -- Ryan Strome -- Jesper Fast
Brett Howden -- Filip Chytil -- Phillip Di Giuseppe
Micheal Haley -- Greg McKegg -- Brendan Smith
Brady Skjei -- Jacob Trouba
Marc Staal -- Tony DeAngelo
Ryan Lindgren -- Adam Fox
Scratched: Libor Hajek, Igor Shesterkin
Injured: Brendan Lemieux (hand), Pavel Buchnevich (flu)
Buchnevich and Staal (upper body) are game-time decisions, Rangers coach David Quinn said. Staal skated Monday, but Buchnevich, a forward, did not. … Di Giuseppe was recalled from Hartford of the American Hockey League on Sunday. … Cizikas, who didn't skate Monday, is a game-time decision, Trotz said. The center was hit by a deflected shot from Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak during overtime Saturday.
Georgiev is 2-1-0 with one shutout, a 0.87 goals-against average and .967 save percentage against the Islanders. … Eberle will play in his 700th NHL game. … The Islanders have drawn three power-play opportunities in their past four games, going 0-for-3.