5 Things to Know: Islanders vs. Rangers

BY: DAVID KOLB

NEW YORK ISLANDERS (25-20-10) VS. NEW YORK RANGERS (37-18-1)

1 Where They Stand

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  • Tonight the Islanders host the Rangers for the third game between the clubs this season.
  • New York is 6-3-1 in the last 10 games.
  • The Isles are 18-8-6 on home ice in 2016-17.
  • The Islanders currently sit three points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for the final Wild Card slot in the Eastern Conference.

2 Who's on Fire?

  • Isles forward Jason Chimera scored on a penalty shot Tuesday in Toronto.
  • The first-year Islander has three goals in his past four contests.
  • Chimera now has 14 goals and is gunning to break the 20-goal plateau for the third time in his career.
  • The 37-year-old has a goal in two games against the Blueshirts this season.

3 Say What?

Islanders Tavares Maple Leafs 020417 Away Stock Getty“You obviously lick your wounds a little bit tonight, review how we can be better tomorrow, try to make some adjustments. We want to be a little sharper, be a little better, probably be a little bit grittier than we were tonight for our next game.”

— Islanders captain John Tavares on getting past Tuesday’s 7-1 loss to Toronto.

4 Stat of the Day

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  • Rick Nash and Jason Chimera were teammates on the Columbus Blue Jackets for parts of five seasons (2005-06 – 2009-10).
  • Islanders Coach Doug Weight played parts of three seasons with the Rangers (1990-91 – 1992-93).

5 Must-See Video

Ryan Strome lets out some frustration in Toronto.