by Patrick Hoffman on 03/07/13 at 09:00 AM ET
That is what the New York Rangers hope to do tonight on Long Island when they take on the New York Islanders.
The Blueshirts have won three straight games and have done so with timely goal scoring, solid defense and great goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist. Tonight against the Islanders, the Rangers will need those same three things to pick-up their fourth straight win.
The team will look to continue its winning streak without one of their best players, Marc Staal. In the team's 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night, Staal took a puck just above his right eye in what was one of the most scariest puck-to-the-eye occurances in the sport. The Daily News reported that Staal will make a full recovery but is now out indefinitely.
Due to Staal's injury, the Rangers went out and claimed defenseman Roman Hamrlik off waivers. Hamrlik, 38, can hopefully add some offense to the team's blue line while also providing smart and solid defense in the team's own zone
Going into tonight's tilt, the Rangers are eighth in the Eastern Conference. With that said, the team is just two points in front of the New York Islanders so tonight's game is definitely big from that standpoint.
After tonight's game, the Blueshirts will be back in action at MSG to take on the sixth place Ottawa Senators. As of this writing, the team is just four points behind the Senators so should the Rangers win tonight, it could set up to be a very big game tomorrow night at MSG.
For now, the team will focus on tonight and hopefully, will find a way to come away with their fourth straight win.
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