New York Islanders-New York Rangers: 5 Reasons The Game Is More Important To The Isles

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Feb 16, 2015; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) plays the puck in front of New York Rangers goalie Cam Talbot (33) during the first period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

With another potential New York Islanders-Rangers classic slated for Tuesday night, we provide five big reasons why the game is more critical for the Isles.

In less than 24-hours New York will be privy to another potential classic.

Why not?

The New York Islanders and New York Rangers is what the city currently has at their disposal right now. With every other team failing miserably (see Knicks), the Isles and Blueshirts have us giddy en route to spring and the eventual first pitch of the baseball season.

What’s pretty sweet is that both squads are downright nasty and have put themselves in such a unique position to be considered two of the best in the entire league.

How could these games play out as anything other than epic?

Last month, on February 16 to be exact, the two locals treated us to one for the books. The Rangers came back from not one, but two separate two-goal deficits to knock off the Isles in Nassau Coliseum and finally pick up their first win against their hated rivals this season.

They also did it without Henrik Lundqvist.

Tomorrow night, the same scene will be set as the Islander fan will lean towards the view of “scene of the crime.”

Rivalries aside, the game will be so important to both clubs. At the current moment (as the Islanders play in Toronto tonight), the Isles are now only a single-point ahead of the Rangers.

While the Rangers need to keep up their winning ways if they want any chance of overtaking the Isles for the division lead, the game is so much more critical for the Long Islanders.

Here’s five reasons why Tuesday night’s game is more critical to the Islanders:

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