New York Rangers vs. New York Islanders: Open Game Thread
The Rangers return home and will attempt to snap a losing streak.
The New York Rangers (17-18-7, 41 points) return home to Madison Square Garden for the first game of a home-and-home matchup vs. the New York Islanders (23-14-4, 50 points) attempting to snap a four-game losing streak.
The Blueshirts — 3-5-2 in their last 10 games — lost on Tuesday, 4-2, vs. the Vegas Golden Knights in Sin City. A win tonight would be the team’s first in calendar year 2019.
The Islanders — 8-2-0 in their last 10 games — also lost Tuesday, 4-3, vs. the Carolina Hurricanes. Prior to that defeat, the Isles had won six games in a row.
A win tonight vs. the Rangers would put them back in a playoff picture whether it be third in the Metropolitan Division, assuming a loss by the Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Nashville, or somewhere in the Wild Card picture.
Here is a look at the projected lines for both sides.
New York Rangers
Chris Kreider — Mika Zibanejad — Mats Zuccarello
Filip Chytil — Ryan Strome — Jesper Fast
Jimmy Vesey — Brett Howden — Vladislav Namestnikov
Cody McLeod — Boo Nieves — Pavel Buchnevich
Marc Staal — Neal Pionk
Brady Skjei — Adam McQuaid
Fredrik Claesson — Kevin Shattenkirk
New York Islanders
Anthony Beauvillier — Mathew Barzal — Josh Bailey
Anders Lee — Brock Nelson — Jordan Eberle
Michael Dal Colle — Valtteri Filppula — Leo Komarov
Matt Martin — Casey Cizikas — Cal Clutterbuck
Nick Leddy — Johnny Boychuk
Adam Pelech — Ryan Pulock
Devon Toews — Scott Mayfield
Kevin Hayes remains out of the lineup, and Fredrik Claesson comes back in for Tony DeAngelo. Here is what coach David Quinn had to say about the changes.
#NYR Coach Quinn talks about takeaways from the road trip, the back-to-back matchups with the Islanders and lineup changes for tonight. pic.twitter.com/h66ENCvwWa— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) January 10, 2019
This is the third time the teams have met this season, with the Rangers having won 5-0 on November 21 at home, and the Islanders claiming victory in a 7-5 contest at the Barclays Center on November 15 when a quick moving snowstorm caused havoc for most of the Tri-state area. Both teams will square off again this Saturday January 12 in a 1:00 p.m. matinee at the Barclays Center.
Enjoy the game!