The New York Islanders (2-4-0) are back in action Wednesday night as they face the New York Rangers (3-2-2) at UBS Arena. Puck drop is slated for 7:30 PM as both teams come into the contest on three-game skids.
“It’s a ground war. It’s easy to get up after a nap. You’re excited. Fans bring a lot of energy into the building,” New York Islanders forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau said.
“Players are into it. Players are into every game as well, but fans generate a lot of energy. And that’s all part of it. So it’s exciting,” New York Islanders head coach Lane Lambert said.
The Islanders had a handful of players missing from optional morning skate:
Adam Pelech, Anthony Beauvillier, Josh Bailey, Casey Cizikas, Matt Martin
Ross Johnston, Kieffer Bellows and Nikita Soshnikov were on the ice prior to the skate and remained on the ice following. They are likely to serve as the scratches against the Rangers.
Ilya Sorokin was the first goaltender off the ice back on Tuesday and he was on the ice ever so briefly Wednesday morning. Despite Lambert not giving an answer, Sorokin likley makes his fifth start of the season against the Rangers.
Forward Josh Bailey will play in career-game 999 tonight, as he will hit the 1,000-game milestone on Friday night against the Carolina Hurricanes.
The New York Rangers fell 3-2 in a shootout to the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night, with Igor Shesterkin getting the start. That means former New York Islanders netminder Jaroslav Halak (2014-2018) will face his old club.
In 13 career starts against the Islanders, Halak owns a 7-3-3 record with a .918 SV% and a 2.54 GAA.
NEW YORK ISLANDERS LINES (PROJECTED)
Josh Bailey — Mathew Barzal — Oliver Wahlstrom
Anders Lee — Brock Nelson — Oliver Wahlstrom
Zach Parise — Jean-Gabriel Pageau — Kyle Palmieri
Matt Martin — Casey Cizikas — Cal Clutterbuck
Adam Pelech— Ryan Pulock
Alexander Romanov — Noah Dobson
Sebastian Aho — Scott Mayfield
NEW YOUR RANGERS LINES (PROJECTED)
*Only change is that Jaroslav Halak will be in goal.
#NYR warmup lines vs. Colorado:
— Mollie Walker (@MollieeWalkerr) October 25, 2022
Tonight, the New York Islanders host the New York Rangers in the first of three matchups between the Metropolitan Division rivals this season.
The Islanders split their matchups (2-2-0) with the Rangers in 2021-22, a four-game season series which saw the visiting team win each time the two clubs met.
Tonight’s matchup is the Rangers’ sole visit to UBS Arena this season, as the Islanders look to earn their first Metropolitan Division victory of 2022-23.
Do you think the New York Islanders will beat the rival New York Rangers? You can get the Islanders at -130, +195 on the puck line. The Rangers are the road underdogs at +110, -230 on the reverse puck line.
The over for the contest is 6 at -110, with the under at -110.
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HOW TO WATCH
Wednesday’s contest will be available on TNT. On the radio dial, the game can be heard on 1050 AM ESPN, 88.7 FM WRHU, and 103.9 FM LI News Radio.