Originally posted on Islanders Hockey Blog  |  Last updated 12/26/11

The Islanders will face the New York Rangers for the second time in four days. The Islanders, who’ve dropped their last two games, will look to turn their misfortunes around and stay in the hunt for the playoffs.

The Rangers won last Thursday’s contest against the Islanders, 4-2, at Madison Square Garden. Brandon Dubinsky scored the games opening goal to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead at 14:53 of the first period. PA Parenteau tied the game 18 seconds into the second period on the power play. The Rangers were able to regain the lead when Marian Gaborik and Michael Del Zotto each scored to make it 3-1 Rangers. Matt Moulson capitalized on the power play at 8:29 of the third period to cut the lead to one goal. The Rangers secured the win when John Mitchell scored an empty net goal with less than two minutes left in the game.

The Rangers are in the midst of a four game winning enter tonight’s match with wins over the Coyotes, Devils, Islanders and Flyers.

The Rangers will likely send Henrik Lundqvist to guard the net tonight. Lundqvist is 22-11-5 in 39 games against the Islanders and has a 2.22 goals against average. He also has three shutouts against the Islanders.

The Islanders enter tonight’s game off a 5-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Evgeni Nabokov will likely start in net tonight against the Rangers.  In 11 game Nabokov is 2-7-0 this season. He has 2.85 goals against average and .907 save percentage. Nabokov is five wins away from reaching his 300th career win.

The Rangers lead the season series 2-1. Following tonight’s game these two teams will face each other two more times; at the Nassau Coliseum on February 24 and again on March 11.

Pre-Game Reading:

-Want to know what’s up with the New York Rangers? Make sure to check the New York Rangers Blog for all the latest info (The New York Rangers Blog)

-The Rangers blue line could be getting several players back in the coming week. (NY Post)

-More on the Rangers blue line (The Sporting News)

-The Rangers organizational depth has played a big part in their success. (WFAN)

-The trip to Winnipeg will be one Travis Hamonic and his family won’t soon forget. (Newsday)

-The Islanders have a tough road ahead of them. (Newsday)

-Has PA Parenteau been the Isles unsung hero this season? Rob McGowan thinks so. (The Checking Line)

-More praise for PA Parenteau. (WFAN)

-World Junior Championships start today. (Sports Illustrated)

-We’re still talking about Randy Cunneyworth not speaking French. (NY Times)

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