BY: DAVID KOLB
NEW YORK RANGERS (17-8-1) @ NEW YORK ISLANDERS (9-10-5)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
The Rangers head to Barclays Center for the first time this season Tuesday night to face the rival Islanders in a Metropolitan Division battle. This will be the second of four barn-burners between the two New York teams, as the Blueshirts drew first blood on Oct. 13, winning 5-3 on opening night over the Isles.
Henrik Lundqvist owns a 30-17-6 record against the Islanders in his career and will get the start tonight for the Rangers. Lundqvist has played well against the Islanders away from The Garden and is now 4-2-1 in his last seven road games facing the Isles.
ISLES ON THE MOVE
After a really slow start to the season, the Islanders are starting to roll and are 3-0-1 in their last four games, including wins over Pittsburgh and Washington on back-to-back nights. Despite getting out of the gate slowly, the Islanders are now only eight points behind the Flyers for the final playoff birth in the East and have three games in hand.
GRABNER OUT; HRIVIK IN
Michael Grabner, the Rangers’ leading goal scorer (13), will miss tonight’s game following the death of his grandmother. The Rangers have recalled forward Marek Hrivik from Hartford (AHL) head coach Alain Vigneault announced that Hrivik will be in the lineup.
91 LEADING THE WAY
John Tavares is once again leading the Islanders in points with six goals and 13 assists for 19 points in 24 games. He’s tallied five points (one goal, four assists) in his past five games and is a plus-3 during that stretch.