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Islanders Gameday: Rangers revisit the Coliseum

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Amid a very busy pre-All-Star/bye week schedule, it’s time for Part 2 of a three-part rivalry set.

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New York Rangers v New York Islanders
Taking it back to Nassau.
Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images

The Rangers visit Nassau Coliseum for the first time in a long time as these teams play the middle game of a three-game series spread over nine days. (There are other opponents in between, including Tuesday’s demolition of the Red Wings and this weekends back-to-back with other Metro opponents, but you get the idea.)

The Rangers will look to stun the Isles again. The home team will look for redemption.

Leave your First Islanders Goal picks here. (Sorry for the late notice...we had a scheduling mix-up.)

Islanders News

  • Artemi Panarin? Yeah, apparently he’s really good. The Isles should maybe not let him put up five points this time. [Newsday]
  • The team is looking for a response after being humbled at Madison Square Garden a few nights ago. [Isles]
  • Members of both teams — old and new — recount their favorite memories from this rivalry. [Athletic]
  • Similar topic, but in podcast form and with a Rangers bent, featuring Ron Duguay and Bryan Trottier. [Post]
  • Yet another appeal for the Islanders to play all home games next season at the Coliseum, this time in a formal letter from County Executive Laura Curran, timed for the day when the Rangers renew the rivalry there. [Newsday]
  • Noah Dobson reflected on his first NHL goal. [Isles | Post]
  • Of course the Islanders would like for more of those — goals, that is — tonight. [Newsday]
  • Kieffer Bellows has really turned things around. [NY Sports Day]
  • Nice feature on the Montreal native who has the Islanders’ anthem gig this season. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Elliotte Friedman’s 31 Thoughts had lots on the latest GM and coach firings, but the best of the bunch is clearly Luca Sbisa talkinga bout Adam Pelech. [Sportsnet]

Elsewhere

Last night’s scores included the Flyers blowing a two-goal third-period lead but still getting two points (via OT) vs. the Blues.

  • How is ex-Ranger Kevin Hayes doing in Philly so far? [Broad Street Bullies]
  • Gerard Gallant out in Vegas, replaced by “clown” Peter DeBoer. [NHL | Knights On Ice] DeBoer is excited, obviously. [NHL]
  • DeBoer’s old team has faced reality and is ready to “sell, reset” this season. [Fear The Fin]
  • Ilya Kovalchuk on what went wrong in L.A. and how things are different with the Canadiens. [Sportsnet]
  • Inside the gruesome world of NHL dentistry trauma. [Athletic]
  • HOT TAKERY: The Bruins aren’t mean enough and they’re soft and that’s why they’re losing a bit and come on man even though you can’t do that you should still do that okay [NBC Sports]
  • Why teams really shouldn’t pay a ton for goalies. [Athletic]