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The longtime bitter rivals face each other for the first time in 2013, separated by one point in the standings and hoping to turn special teams slumps around.
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Jack Capuano sounded more disappointed than normal with the effort in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Rangers.
The New York Islanders trailed from the second minute onward, never managing to mount a comeback while watching J.T. Miller score his first two NHL goals.
All praise a true NHL derby.
News and lineup decisions before tonight's battle of New York.
The New York Rangers coach, known for his fire behind the bench, would love to also be recognized for his refined, urbane wit.
Some news before the Islanders and Rangers meet for the first time, and some trades and prospect demotions around the NHL.