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New York Rangers fans have watched in agony as the Islanders have won three straight games this season. Their luck will end tonight.

By Chris Wengert

Tonight is the night when the New York Rangers will put their foot down.

Enough is enough.

The Islanders have had their fun, and with the playoffs fast approaching it’s time to show everyone who the real New York team is.

And it certainly isn’t the team that plays at the Barclays Center.

You probably know by now that the Rangers will battle without two of their most seasoned veterans in Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi.

While the whole “upper-body” injury description for Girardi certainly doesn’t sound good, the Rangers have two players who will be chomping at the bit to beat down that team from Brooklyn.

Brady Skjei and Dylan McIlrath, while still green, are more than capable of being serviceable against this Islander team.

Not superstars but serviceable, there is a difference.

The Rangers are battle-tested, resilient, and have persevered throughout this grind that has been the 2015-2016 season.

Oh yeah, and we have Henrik Lundqvist, the undisputed King of New York.

With Kevin Hayes back in the lineup, I fully expect Eric Staal to continue with his productive ways.

The Rangers need to pepper Thomas Greiss with a copious amount of shots tonight. No extra passes, just shoot and crash the net.

The Rangers are most effective with their quick and aggressive two-man fore check, and against a physical Islander team it will be necessary.

Derek Stepan is silencing his critics, as he has emerged as a real first line center.

Chris Kreider has been in beast-mode lately. If any Islanders are in his path when his is in stride, good luck.

Rick Nash has been going to the net, and will have plenty of opportunities if he continues to do so against an often over-zealous Islander defense.

The Rangers’ power play has been surgical the past week and has improved to the league’s 11th best PP unit as a result.

The penalty kill has finally stabilized, as Rick Nash’s long reach and quick side-to-side movement has proved to be invaluable for a previously struggling PK unit.

The Islanders have their own fair share of injuries.

Courtesy of Hockeyreference.com
Courtesy of Hockeyreference.com

Boo hoo.

And then there is the plain fact that I just cannot see the Islanders sweeping the Rangers.

Have I been wrong before? Of course, but I don’t think any regular season broomsticks will be making an appearance tonight.

Enough is enough.

Prediction

The game will be an ugly affair in a playoff-like atmosphere. The Rangers may allow an early Islander goal, because it’s what they do, but the comeback-kids in the Broadway Blue will prevail.

New York Rangers 4, New York Islanders, 2

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10 COMMENTS

  1. Lol what a garbage article! I guess we really did learn who the real NY team was. And fyi, undisputed means that nobody disagrees. Well I can find quite a few folks that would dispute your goalie being “the king” of anything. Break out the brooms!!!

  2. Real New York Teams don’t get SWEPT by their city rival. “Chris Kreider has been in beast-mode lately. If any Islanders are in his path when his is in stride, good luck.” Kreider ended with 0 points. Zero. Also, do your research. Yeah, the Rangers are 11th in the league on the power play, but the Isles are second on the PK. To think that the Rags are going to score multiple PPG against the 2nd best PK in the league is absurd. Possible? Yes, but very unlikely. In regards to Greiss, wake the fuck up. Attempting to “pepper him with copious amount of shots” and “no extra passes” to look for the open man isn’t going to get it done against a goalie with the 2nd best save percentage in the league. Take your head out of your ass (which most you you Ragholes can’t do) and do your research. If you do, you’ll find that the Rags aren’t what you Ragholes think they’re shaped out to be. Don’t worry about crying over your team, we’ll take the liberty of sweeping up your tears as well.

  3. Sorry, Fanboy! Even some Ranger fans are starting to realize that the window to win a Cup for the Booshirts is closing fast. Nash is a joke. Kreider is real tough when he gets to run over goalies. Stepan is a good 2nd line center. NYR do not have a 1st line center. That ship sailed in 2003 when Slats drafted Hugh Jessiman instead of Ryan Getzlaf. Doesn’t matter who your sorry team draws in the first round. You will be one and done regardless.