Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 10/29/13
Photo: SIMMONS, HOWARD/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS After last night’s disappointing home opener, the Rangers are on Long Island to take on the Islanders. The Isles will be debuting their new toy tonight, as Thomas Vanek will skate with John Tavares. It was an interesting deal that brought Vanek to Uniondale, as they sent Matt Moulson to Buffalo –along with 1st and 2nd round picks– for the upgrade on wing. Makes you wonder if they will ever address their goaltending issues. The Isles run a 1-2-2 forecheck, which they use to counter other teams mistakes. In the defensive zone, the Isles like to pressure the point, but they are known for their defensive zone collapses. Look for blown coverages, as this Isles team is still a bit raw on defense. On special teams, the Isles run an umbrella powerplay and a diamond penalty kill. Rangers Lineup (unconfirmed): Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Brad Richards Benoit Pouliot-Derick Brassard-J.T. Miller Carl Hagelin-Dominic Moore-Mats-Zuccarello Taylor Pyatt-B...
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