NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers are shaking things up Wednesday in hopes of snapping a lengthy losing streak against the New York Islanders. If the words spoken Sunday afternoon by coach Barry Trotz were any indication, the Islanders will be shuffling the deck as well.
Backup goalie Alexander Georgiev will make a rare start for the Rangers on Wednesday night when they host the Islanders in a battle of longtime rivals at Madison Square Garden.
Both teams are coming off a game against the visiting Dallas Stars. The Rangers continued their recent hot play Monday with a 2-1 win over the Stars, who began a five-game road trip Sunday by routing the Islanders 6-2.
The Rangers (11-8-2) have won eight of their last 10 games (8-1-1). The only game in that span in which they didn't collect a point? Last Thursday, when the host Islanders posted a 7-5 win at Barclays Center.
The Islanders' win was their franchise-record eighth straight against the Rangers. Hall of Fame-bound goalie Henrik Lundqvist has started six of those games, including last Thursday when he was pulled after allowing five goals in the first two periods. Lundqvist was spared the loss, which was handed to Georgiev, because the Islanders' sixth goal ended up being the game-winner.
If all goes according to plan for the Rangers, Lundqvist will be watching a bunch of hungry teammates Wednesday night.
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