Thats right folks, the Islanders and Rangers resume their rivalry this evening with a pre-season match up at the coliseum. The Isles recently lost to Montreal in OT while the Rangers were shut out by the Flyers on Saturday night. I've yet to see an Islanders pre-season game so I cannot really comment on who looks sharp, I can only rely on the articles from their time spent up in Canada. And from what I have read it seems when Mike Comrie isn't buying $100,000 SUV's for his girlfriend he is lighting up his teammates in exhibition games. Good for Mike, even better for his girlfriend Hilary Duff.
The Islanders will use this game and the remaining 5 exhibition contests to decide who they will keep on Defence and what the regular season line combos will be. On Defence the Isles have a few difficult choices to make with Berard in camp on a tryout and only two players with 2-way contracts (Aaron Johnson and Bruno Gervais). Up front Nolan and co. will have to decide if youngsters Blake Comeau, Jeremy Colliton, and Sean Bergenheim are ready for top 2 line minutes or if they would be better served getting a ton of ice in Bridgeport.
Despite this game not counting for anything in the standings you will still have a lot of players battling for roster spots and some tough guys trying to prove their worth, both of which could make for some entertaining hockey.