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Thursday, December 18th (All times eastern)

New York Islanders (13-13-2-1) at New York Rangers (11-12-5-2), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New York Islanders try for their third straight victory tonight when they head into Madison Square Garden to face the rival Rangers.

The Islanders and Rangers each have 29 points and are tied for third place in the Atlantic Division.

The Isles are coming off a thrilling 5-4 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night. Alexei Yashin scored the game-winning goal with 5:35 left in the third period to lead the Islanders to the win at Nassau Coliseum.

Yashin's goal was the last of three goals scored in a 30-second span in the final period, as the Islanders won for the fourth time in the last five games (4-0-0-1).

Michael Peca and Kenny Jonsson each scored a goal and assisted on another for the Isles, who won for the 11th time at home this season.

New York goalie Garth Snow made 29 saves, while his counterpart Martin Brodeur stopped 23 shots. It marked the first time in three games this season that the Isles scored on Brodeur, as he pitched shutouts in the Devils' two previous wins over New York.

The Isles are a dismal 2-7-2-1 on the road this season.

The Rangers were dealt a 3-1 loss in Toronto last Saturday night. Mikael Renberg had two goals and one assist to lead the Maple Leafs.

Eric Lindros notched the lone Rangers' tally to give him 799 career points, while Mike Dunham allowed three goals on 36 shots in a losing cause.

The Blueshirts hold a 6-5-2-2 record on home ice this year, but have dropped three straight at MSG.

These teams have met once this season, as the Rangers posted a 4-2 win on Long Island on December 4.

The road team has dominated this series recently, going 13-3-2 in the last 18 meetings.

The Rangers are 3-0-2 in the previous five contests, but the Isles have just one loss in their last five trips (3-1-1) to MSG.

12/18 10:24:10 ET


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