Arthur Staple at Newsday says after a 4-2-1 start to the season the Islanders and their once formidable power play have begun to fade.
The Islanders are winless in their last two going 0-for-14 on the power play in the loses.
Here's Islanders start player John Tavares…
"We're desperate, we've lost two in a row so we have to understand that we have to be desperate. Against the Rangers, it's an emotional game, no matter what else is going on."
Despite the man advantage struggles the Islanders are still a top 10 unit and are tied for sixth in the NHL with nine power play goals.
…man, I'd kill for the Rangers to have power play problems like the Islanders. And btw, how the hell did the Fishsticks get 14 power play opportunities in two games?
…as is always the case, I expect the Islanders to play like tonight is their Stanley Cup Finals. They always do against the Rangers, especially at MSG (Rangers were undefeated vs. Isles at home last year, but that was an anomaly). So expect the Islanders power play to firing on all cylinders. And if the Rangers can't figure out their recent penalty kill woes it could be another rough night for the Blueshirts and their fans.
NYR were 4-1-1 vs NYI last season, 3-0-0 at home
— Kevin Gibson (@TSNResearch) February 7, 2013