The Importance of Rivalry Night
This might be one of the biggest Islander Ranger games in recent times. Both teams desperately need a win, and when I say desperately I mean it. The Rangers sit last in the Metropolitan Division, and the Islanders only have one more point then them. This game is huge.
The Islanders won their last 10 out of 11 games against the Rangers. That’s pretty good, but the Islanders haven’t been playing well recently. Halak is the backbone to the team right now. He played very good against the Blue Jackets, despite losing 4-1. If the Islanders win tonight, not only do they acquire 2 points, they also get a momentum shift. Beating our rivals right now would be a big help.
Player to Watch:
Mat Barzal, 6 assists in last 3 games
The Islanders get home-ice advantage tonight, but it’s not really an advantage considering everyone will be chanting “Snow Must Go”, and be booing the team’s power play.
Anyway, this is a huge game and if we lose tonight I don’t know if the playoffs are even possible.