New York Islanders
Josh Bailey seems good to go after missing the last two periods against the Carolina Hurricanes. Ideally, Bailey comes in and starts playing like the top-six player we know he is.
Thomas Greiss gets another start after some strong performances over the last week. It couldn’t come at a better time with Semyon Varlamov wobbling in net lately. Who knows what happened for Thomas Greiss to have that dip in form a few weeks ago. At this point, it doesn’t matter, so long as he’s back to normal.
New York Rangers
After a poor outing against the Columbus Blue Jackets a few days ago, you better believe the Rangers will be ready to play their rivals.
I don’t expect the lines to change at all from that game. Perhaps the only difference will come in the crease with Shesterkin subbing out for Alexandar Georgiev.
I wouldn’t bet against the New York Islanders tonight. I’d be surprised if the Isles fail to register a single win in three attempts against a bottom tier opponent. It’s not impossible, it’s just not likely. Not with Barry Trotz pulling the strings.
Yes, I’m wearing my homer hat. Why do you ask?