The "Battle of New York" will commence one final time during the regular season tonight.
The Islanders (43-21-4) enter tonight's game clinging to a three point lead in the Metropolitan Division and have gotten points in their last four games, which includes a win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Monday night. The Rangers (40-17-7) have been winners in four of their last six games.
Heading into the final game between the Isles and Rangers, the Islanders may lead the season series against the Rangers (3-1-0), but it was the Blueshirts who were victorious in their most recent meeting. The Rangers scored three third-period goals to beat the Islanders 6-5.
Cam Talbot will be in net tonight for the Rangers. He made 38 saves in his last appearance at Nassau Coliseum in February. Tanner Glass will be back in the lineup for the Blueshirts and take the place of James Sheppard.
Jaroslav Halak will be in goal after getting to rest in the previous two Islander games and Kyle Okposo will make his return to the lineup. Defenseman Nick Leddy will be a game time decision.
Tonight marks the final time the Rangers will play the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum before the team moves to Brooklyn next season. Josh Bailey isn't letting tonight's matchup serve as a reminder that the team's tenure at Nassau Coliseum is coming to a close.
"You don't think about it a whole lot," he said. "we still have a job to do. You don't really ever look far ahead in this game. You just take it day by day and if you start looking too far ahead things won't go in your favor. That's really the case for us.
"We have a big game at home here tonight and that's how we're approaching it."