Islanders look to continue Rangers’ slide

NY Islanders (17-33-6) at NY Rangers (30-22-6) 7:00 p.m. EST

NEW YORK (Ticker) — The New York Rangers hope a visit from
their cross-town rivals can help stop a slide that has them
plummeting in the Eastern Conference standings.

Losers of eight of their last nine (1-6-2), the Rangers look to
get back in the win column when they host the last-place New
York Islanders on Wednesday.

The Rangers’ 10-2-1 start to the season seems like a distant
memory thanks to a scoring blackout. In each of their last
eight losses, they have scored two goals or less and now rank
last in the NHL with 2.33 goals per game.

Now in a four-way tie for fifth place in the East at 66 points
with Montreal, Florida and Buffalo, the Rangers will have to
work to keep what once appeared to be a sure playoff berth as
the NHL stretch run heats up.

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Lauri Korpikoski scored the only goal and All-Star Henrik
Lundqvist made 31 saves in a 2-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues on

The Islanders have dropped three of four contests against the
Rangers this season and remain seven points behind Atlanta for
worst record in the league.

Joey MacDonald made 35 saves and stopped both All-Star Evgeni
Malkin and captain Sidney Crosby in the shootout to lift the
Islanders to a 3-2 win Monday, snapping a five-game losing