By Christopher Decker (@HockeyGuy_Chris)
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After what seemed like an eternity in Europe, the Rangers finally returned home – well not quite, even though some might consider the Nassau Coliseum a home away from home for the Rangers, as they took on the Islanders for their third game of the season and first in North America. The general feeling surrounding Rangers practices leading up to the game on Long Island was that they were happy to finally depart from Europe and get back to some form of normalcy with their season. And what better way to start it off than by playing one of their biggest rivals – the Islanders.
There was an ample amount of anticipation leading up to Saturday’s game, mostly because it had been a full week since the Rangers last played a game. And while the week allowed players to rest, injuries to heal, and chemistry to build, there was concern over whether or not the long layoff would affect the Rangers’ legs. Combine that with the out...