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Rivalry Night, Gm 14: Varlamov, Islanders Take on Rival Rangers at MSG



New York Islanders netminder Semyon Varlamov

The New York Islanders (8-5-0) mounted a come-from-behind win on Monday night to defeat the Calgary Flames 4-3 in overtime. Less than 24 hours later, the Islanders hit the ice to take on the rival New York Rangers (6-4-3), with Semyon Varlamov slated to be between the pipes after Ilya Sorokin played Monday.

On the season, Semyon Varlamov owns a 2-2-0 record, with a 2.90 GAA and a .909 SV%.

Over his last four starts at Madison Square Garden, the results have been the same for Varlamov and the New York Islanders–shutout victories. He has not allowed a goal in 239:25 on Madison Square Garden ice.

Although New York Islanders head coach Lane Lambert said following Monday’s skate that success against certain opponents does not really play a part in his goaltending plan, the fact that Varlamov has owned the Rangers at MSG likley played a role in Ilya Sorokin starting Monday against the Flames.

The Islanders did not skate Tuesday morning, but Lambert spoke to the media at 4:15. He gave no update on Cal Clutterbuck and did not share who would be in goal.

The New York Rangers have lost two straight games, blowing a two-goal lead to the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday. Adam Fox did not skate Monday as he took a maintenance day. His status for game time is unknown

Igor Shersterkin (6-1-2, 2.41 GAA, .916 SV%) is expected to make his 10th start of the season against the Islanders.


Josh Bailey — Mathew Barzal — Oliver Wahlstrom

Anders Lee — Brock Nelson — Anthony Beauvillier

Zach Parise — Jean-Gabriel Pageau — Kyle Palmieri

Matt Martin — Casey Cizikas — Ross Johnston

Adam Pelech— Ryan Pulock

Alexander Romanov — Noah Dobson

Sebastian Aho — Scott Mayfield

Semyon Varlamov

Ilya Sorokin



Do you think the New York Islanders will beat the New York Rangers? You can get the Islanders at +155, -165 on the reverse puck line. The Rangers are the home favorites at -180 on the money line and +140  on the puck line.

The over for the contest is 6 at -110, with the under also at -110.

Head over to DraftKings to place your bets now!


Tuesday’s contest will be available on MSGSN. On the radio dial, the game can be heard on 1050 AM ESPN, 88.7 FM WRHU, and 103.9 FM LI News Radio.


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