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Game #51: New York Islanders vs New York Rangers Open Thread

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New York Islanders v New York Rangers Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images

Today is an exciting day in the New York sports world. The Jets are poised to select their quarterback of the future three years after drafting their previous quarterback of the future. The Giants have an opportunity to add a major playmaker on either side of the football. But those festivities don’t start until later tonight, and it’s the state’s hockey teams that will be taking center stage early in the night.

Tonight represents a must-win game for the Blueshirts. Due to the results of other teams around them, the Islanders have emerged over the Bruins as the most likely team the Rangers can chase down for a playoff spot. With a pair of games against the Islanders tonight and Saturday, the fate of the Blueshirts’ season hangs in the balance over the next few days.

Player to Watch: Ryan Strome

If the Rangers are going to earn two points against the Islanders tonight, it’ll take a full team effort, and that starts with their top players. Former Islander Ryan Strome has been one of the Rangers’ top players this year, and a strong performance tonight will go a long way towards helping his team come away with a victory. Keep an eye on Strome tonight.

Enjoy the game!