5 Things to Know: Rangers at Islanders

BY: DAVID KOLB

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

1 Where They Stand

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  • Tonight the Rangers head to Brooklyn to face the Islanders for the third time this season.
  • New York is 8-2-0 in the last 10 games.
  • The Blueshirts are 19-7-0 on the road in 2016-17.
  • The Rangers currently own the first Wild Card slot in the Eastern Conference with a 12-point cushion over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

2 Who's Hot?

3 Say What?

Rangers Girardi Blue Jackets Saad Away 021317 Getty“We’ve got to keep building here. We’re doing a lot of good things each game and playing really good defensively and keeping our scoring chances down resulting in some wins. So we’ve just got to do that every night and ride the wave here.”

 –Rangers’ defenseman Dan Girardi looking forward after Monday’s win over Columbus.

4 Stat of the Day

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  • Rick Nash and Jason Chimera were teammates with 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

AV discusses his cross-town rival New York Islanders.

Alain Vigneault knows the Islanders will be highly motivated when they take on the Rangers as their crosstown rivals always put up a challenge.