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Game 43: NYR-NYI, front end of home-and-home with Isles at MSG tonight

January 10, 2019, 2:11 PM ET [47 Comments]
Jan Levine
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The Rangers return to action at MSG tonight against their subway rivals, the Islanders. The Islanders come in having won six of seven, drooping a 4-3 decision Tuesday against Carolina to end their six-game win streak. The Blueshirts fell 4-2 to Vegas on Tuesday to extend their losing streak to four contests. Both teams face each other again Saturday afternoon at 1pm at the Barclays Center.

David Quinn Post-Morning Skate:


What we learned is:
- Kevin Hayes skated for the first time since December 27 but will sit again tonight
- Tony DeAngelo is out, replaced by Frederik Claesson.
- Fast and Zucc are swapping lines.

The Rangers lines tonight will be:
Kreider-Zibanejad-Zuccarello
Namestnikov-Chytil-Fast
Vesey-Howden-Buchnevich
McLeod-Strome-Nieves

The defense pairings will be:
Skjei-McQuaid
Staal-Pionk
Claesson-Shattenkirk

This is the third match up between the two teams. In the first, the Islanders rallied from a two-goal deficit for a 7-5 win in Brooklyn on Nov. 15 as Anthony Beauvillier notched his first career hat trick. In the second, the Rangers snapped the Islanders’ eight-game winning streak with a 5-0 victory on Nov. 21 at the Garden, the only time the Islanders have been shut out this season. As mentioned above, game four of this season’s chapter in the rivalry will be Saturday afternoon.

Igor Shestyorkin continues to excel:
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