by Patrick Hoffman on 12/27/10 at 05:35 PM ET
Tonight’s game at Madison Square Garden between the New York Rangers and the New York Islanders is one that the Blueshirts cannot afford to take lightly.
Believe it or not, the Islanders are 3-0-1 in their last four games and have won games the right way. They have worked hard, won battles in the corners, threw pucks to the net, scored the dirty goals and got terrific goaltending from Dwayne Roloson.
With that said, it will be up to rangers’ head coach John Tortorella to get the team prepared for a game that they should win, considering that they have taken two of three from the Islanders already this season.
As was reported last night, Rangers’ defenseman Michael Del Zotto will be a healthy scratch while Mats Zuccarello will once again crack the line-up and get a chance to add on to his solid performance in his first NHL game last week against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Considering that the Blueshirts have a game tonight at the Garden against the Islanders and Wednesday night at the Prudential Center, the team has the potential to pick up four big points in what is becoming a very tight Eastern Conference.
Hopefully, the team will get off on the right foot tonight by picking up two points against their rivals from Long Island.
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