The New York Islanders take on the arch rival New York Rangers live at the Barclays Center. The Islanders and Rangers are last and second to last in points percentage as it continues to be do-or-for for both franchises playoff hopes. In addition to chasing the rest of the Metropolitan, the Florida Panthers passed both teams in points percentage last night in an emotional four to three win against the Vancouver Canucks.
The two teams are last and second to last in shot ratio after score adjustments. It's kind of sad to think about how much this rivalry has deteriorated in just a year or two. Last year this would have many more implications, this year tickets are still available on TicketMaster.
Jason Chimera is out, Tanner Fritz is in. It's cool that there's some accountability there, but then Dennis Seidenberg is in - kind of throws that while accountability thing out the window. Fritz is one of two forwards with worse possession metrics than Chimera.
Jaroslav Halak is in net. He's up against Henrik Lindquist for the Rangers. Pick drop is at 7:05 P.M. E.S.T.