The last time the Rangers and Islanders met was on Oct. 14. Since then, the Rangers have gone 23-8-4 and the Islanders have gone 25-13-1. The Islanders are currently first in the Metropolitan Division and five points ahead of the Rangers, but the Rangers have three games in hand on their rival. In the next 34 days, the teams will meet three times, but the title for “Best Team in New York” that Islanders fans have somehow adopted won’t be decided until after Game 82.
Mike Carver of The Butch Goring Show on Hockey This Week Radio Network and WFAN joined me to talk about what it’s like to be an Islanders fan experiencing success after two decades of watching a bad team, why Rangers fans are scared of the idea of the teams meeting in the playoffs and what’s going to happen with the Islanders when they move to Brooklyn next season.