Islanders: 3 Players To Watch vs Rangers 4-29-21
By Matt O'Leary
After a disastrous three-game set against the Washington Capitals, the Islanders are back in action against the Rangers tonight. It’s important to stress just how imperative it is that the Isles win tonight.
The Isles are just one point up on Boston and the Rangers are fighting for their playoff lives four points out with six to go. For the blue and orange, it’s a matter of getting the offense going.
They don’t have a five-on-five goal in their last three games and on top of that, they have scored one goal or less in seven of their last 11. Brutal. With that in mind here are three players to watch for tonight.
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Semyon Varlamov was a surprise scratch for the Islanders last time out. Supposedly he was a little banged up but I’d imagine he’s good to go tonight for the Islanders who desperately need another strong performance from him.
He’s allowed just four goals over his last four starts with a save percentage of .965 in that stretch. In four starts against the Rangers this year, he has two shutouts and a .969 save percentage. He’s been phenomenal all year long for the Isles, especially against the Rangers.
DraftKings: $3,700 | Fanduel: $4,800
Normally, Anthony Beauvillier saves his best performances for the Rangers. The best example of this was his four-point night against them on April 20 just this year. Since that game, Beau has been cold with just one point over the next three games.
It’s hard to figure who on the Isles will finally turn it around offensively. Due to past success against this team, I’m betting on Beau.
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Does Noah Dobson return to the lineup tonight? I vote yes, after a putrid performance from the Greene – Coburn pair. Dobson hasn’t been the same since returning since COVID, and he has just two points in his last 10 games.
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He’s had an up-and-down sophomore year with the Islanders, partially because of usage, but they need some consistency in his game. I think he returns to the lineup tonight for Barry Trotz.