New York Rangers & Islanders ready for Bronx bash-up at Yankee Stadium

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New York Rangers will look to end any hope of their Big Apple rivals, the Islanders, making the NHL play-offs tonight when they face-off. 

The Rangers will be playing in the outdoor surroundings of Yankee Stadium again in what is likely to be an epic contest

On Sunday, the Rangers destroyed the New Jersey Devils in a 7-3 romp, and they will look to glide past an Islanders team tonight (7:30pm ET) that has lost their last three contests. 

All New York rivalry games are tasty affairs, but this one is expected to be particularly spicy because of the fact that it will be played outdoors in front of a big crowd.

Rangers players expect the contest against the Islanders to be totally different to Sunday's win against the Devils.

"It's going to be completely different," forward Chris Kreider told NHL.com. "I think it's going to be an independent entity. You can take stuff from the game you just played in but that can change just like that. It's about how you adjust."

Islanders players are well aware of the significance of tonight's game, but they are wary of getting caught up in the atmosphere. 

"I don't think it's going to be a huge distraction for us," defenseman Andrew MacDonald said. "It is the Rangers, they're ahead of us in the standings, it's a big rival. There's a lot of reasons why we're going to be prepared for this game. I don't think we're going to be distracted from what the task at hand is."

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