"Playoff Game" On The Island

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Rangers-Henrik Lundqvist: These are the type games you want to have one of the best goalies in the game on your side. The building will be rocking, both teams will be flying, and the Rangers will need a steady calming influence on their side. Enter Lundqvist, the reigning Vezina Trophy winner, who has been playing at that same elite level for weeks now. Lundqvist has allowed two goals or fewer in 11 of his last 12 starts, and is coming off a huge performance in overtime and the shootout during Wednesday's 3-2 victory over the Maple Leafs. He now ranks sixth in the NHL with 18 wins, fifth in save percentage at .926, and eighth in goals against average at 2.12. Lundqvist has surrendered just two goals in two starts against the Islanders this season---both wins---and he now has a 26-11-5 all-time record against the Islanders.


Islanders-Josh Bailey: Though he only has nine goals, seven assists, and 16 points on the season, the former first round pick is coming alive at the right time for the Isles. Bailey scored both goals in the Islanders' 2-1 win in Boston on Thursday, and is now 4-3-7 in his last six games, and 7-4-11 in his last 13. Bailey, whose career best is 16 goals, started the season without a goal in his first ten games, and only one in his first 14, but his solid contributions of late have helped make the Islanders a legitimate playoff contender in the Eastern Conference.