The Rangers (33-16-5) have won six of their last 10 games and are four points behind the Islanders for first place in the Metropolitan Division. The Blueshirts have not won any of their three meetings with the Isles this season and in each game surrendered three or more goals.
The Islanders would like to keep up their strong play against their rival and know that they will need to work hard to get the win.
"I think when we keep things simple and work hard, that's usually when we get out best result," Josh Bailey said. "It's pretty cliche, but it's really been the key for our team this year."
The Isles have found plenty of success against Metro Division this season, especially in their home rink. They are a perfect 11-0-0 at the Nassau Coliseum against divisional opponents and 18-2-0 overall against them.
In the previous two games against the Rangers, the Isles put up 40 plus shots in each game. The October 14 game at Madison Square Garden, the Isles put up 27 shots on goal.
"If you're able to make them defend and play in their end it's hard for them to us their speed," John Tavares said. "And really generate a whole lot. Eventually you're able to wear them down. They don't have that energy maybe when they do have the puck to create. I remember the last time we played them here, that was one of the fastest games of the year.
"It was fast. It was obviously after the break, teams were refreshed and the energy -- and obviously whats on the line -- just creates some great hockey games."
The major difference between the last few games the Isles have played against the Blueshirts and this one is that fact that Cam Talbot will be in net.
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