My pipes are frozen and the Rangers face the Islanders! Both make me angry (NYR at NYI 7PM)

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Dan Girardi and the Rangers hope to smash the Islanders winning streak tonight! (Photo Credit: David Pokress)

Let’s begin with this…my damn pipes have frozen again thanks to this Arctic chill that has swept over NY and much of the Northeast. And since Hell may have frozen over as well, it could be a good indication that the Rangers may finally snap the Isles winning streak over them this season.

GAME 545: NEW YORK RANGERS at NEW YORK ISLANDERS, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY 7PM

Cam Talbot continues to man the pipes for the Blueshirts as Henrik Lundqvist heals from his vascular injury. Cam is coming off an impressive performance in Arizona where he only allowed 1 goal on 35 shots, including a penalty shot.

Rick Nash continues his MVP play with 35 goals on the season and leads the Rangers offense into Nassau Coliseum. Also surging are Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello with 9 points each in their last 8 games.

The Islanders continue to play strong hockey and are winners of their last 4 games. Halak who has dominated the Rangers this season will look to ensure that their winning streak over the Rangers continues.

Daily Faceoff’s Goalie Matchup

NYR at NYI (DailyFaceoff)

NYR at NYI (DailyFaceoff)

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NOTABLE QUOTES

[su_quote cite=”John Tavares (Newsday)” url=”https://www.newsday.com/sports/hockey/islanders/islanders-hoping-to-maintain-dominance-over-rangers-1.9941754″]”The games are always big, even when we haven’t been as good as we are this year,” John Tavares said. “We know we’re battling for position in the division, so we have to be ready.”[/su_quote]

[su_quote cite=”Alain Vigneault (Newsday)” url=”https://www.newsday.com/sports/hockey/rangers/fast-start-imperative-for-rangers-against-islanders-1.9941723″]Alain Vigneault said the Rangers have to make a critical change immediately after the first puck is dropped..”We need to have a better start.” [/su_quote]

Season Series: (0-3)

TONIGHT’S GAME (via BlueshirtsUnited.com)
The Rangers conclude their four-game road trip tonight, Feb. 16, with a Metropolitan Division matchup against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum (7:00 p.m. ET —TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). New York has posted a 3-0-0 record on its road trip thus far, and has recorded a point in seven of the last eight games (6-1-1). The Blueshirts have won 26 of their last 36 games (26-9-1), including 24 of their last 33 games (24-8-1) and 22 of their last 29 contests (22-6-1). The Rangers have also earned at least one point in 37 of their last 50 games (32-13-5), including 30 of their last 40 games (27-10-3). New York has posted a 33-16-5 record this season (71 pts), following a 5-1 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday, Feb. 14 in Arizona. The Islanders enter the contest with a 37-18-1 record this season (75 pts), following a 6-3 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday, Feb. 14 at Nassau Coliseum.

Anthony Scultore has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL since 2014. His work also appears at... More about Anthony Scultore

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