The New York Rangers and Islanders will go head to head for the fifth and last time this regular season in one of the oldest rivalries in the NHL.

The two teams have split the season series thus far with the Islanders winning twice at 'The Garden' and the Rangers winning once at Nassau Coliseum and that famous victory at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday.

Tonight, the Rangers will be looking to assert their playoff position. They are currently sixth in the conference and have won five of their last seven games, scoring 24 goals in the process.

Things have not been as easy for the Islanders however, lying some way out of the playoffs, Jack Capuano's team have lost four straight including one against tonight's opponents.

Capuano, however believes that his team is not that far away:

"We're playing well enough to win, but we've got to find a way to win, that is the bottom line. Because we played quite a bit of hockey now, and we've got a week left here before the Olympic break."

It will be tough for the Islanders to get those sorts of wins against the free-scoring Rangers. Defenseman Ryan McDonagh is glad of the points ahead of the playoff push.

"I think our group realized we need the points and these are tough opponents and tough division games. It's going to be tight the whole way in the East, especially in our division."

The Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (concussion) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday whilst Rangers forward Derek Dorsett (broken fibula) remains out.

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