Well here we are. It's the fourth and final meeting of the season in the Battle of New York. The Rangers are 2-0-1, though four of the last five meetings have gone past regulation. The Isles obviously cannot take the head-to-head tie-breaker, so best just take them out the old-fashioned way: Win, and win more.
Tonight represents a chance to pull four points ahead ... or to let them pull even with a game in hand.
There's really nothing more to say. Outsiders are in for a grand show if they tune in. It's the New York derby, at Nassau Coliseum, with playoff spots on the line. Just as Bossy intended.
Islanders (21-16-4, 7th/E) vs. Smurfs (20-16-4, 8th/E)
7 p.m. EST | MSG/+ | Audio: NNHLL - WRHU
Nassau [gloriously unsponsored] Veterans Mem. Coliseum
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- Here is audio of Jack Capuano from the morning skate.
- Here's the Post talking to Isles alumni, excited about their resurgence.
- Here's the CBC on the Isles "maturing."
- Here's Newsday on Capuano and Hamonic.
- And here's the official site preview with your numbers and such.
- Here's Keith's interview with Alexei Yashin, which brings up a memorable slaughter of the Smurfs.
Leave your First Islanders Goal picks here. Let's do this thing.