NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, April 3rd (All times eastern)
New York Rangers (41-29-9) at New York Islanders (36-30-12), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Rangers and Islanders will be meeting for the final time in the regular season when they face off this evening at Nassau Coliseum.
The Islanders have won four of the first seven encounters between the clubs in 2006-07, but the Rangers have earned victories in eight of the last 13 overall matchups between the rivals. The Rangers have also been victorious in five of their last six trips to Long Island.
Both the Rangers and Isles are fighting for playoff berths, although the Blueshirts' hopes are a great deal brighter at this point. The Rangers have 91 points and are currently the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. They can clinch a playoff berth with a win over the Islanders.
The Islanders are in 11th place with 84 points. However, they are just four points behind Montreal for the eighth and final seed in the East and have a game in hand on the Habs, who are hosting Boston tonight.
The Rangers have won two straight and seven of their last eight contests and are coming off Saturday's blowout victory over the visiting Maple Leafs. Sean Avery scored two goals and added an assist as the Rangers slammed Toronto, 7-2, at Madison Square Garden.
Jaromir Jagr had a goal and two assists and Henrik Lundqvist finished with 25 saves for the Rangers.
Michael Nylander notched a goal and an assist for the Rangers to push his point-scoring streak to six games. Nylander has three goals and six helpers during the run.
The slumping Islanders have seriously damaged their postseason chances with their current four-game losing streak, but still have four games left to try and make a run at the playoffs.
The Isles dropped a 5-2 decision to visiting Ottawa on Saturday, as Mike Comrie scored a pair of goals to lead the Senators.
Viktor Kozlov and Marc-Andre Bergeron tallied for the Islanders. Alexei Yashin and Tom Poti picked up two assists each, while Wade Dubielewicz made 42 saves in defeat.
The Islanders were without No. 1 goaltender Rick DiPietro for a third straight game, as the netminder continues to recover from a concussion. DiPietro is still listed as day-to-day.
The Rangers are 21-14-4 as the road club this year, while the Isles are 20-13-6 as the host.
04/03 13:34:52 ET