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New York Rangers Vs New York Islanders: Brian Boyle and Martin Biron to Start

February 14th, 2013 at 5:34 PM
By PJ Foti

'Rangers vs Islanders' photo (c) 2010, Robert Kowal - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The New York Rangers (7-5-0) are going to alter their lineup on Valentine's Day vs. the New York Islanders (4-7-1) from the squad that has led the team on a three-game winning streak.

Brian Boyle, who has been a healthy scratch for the current winning streak is excited about being in the lineup again after being infuriated about being held out against the Boston Bruins Tuesday.

"I know I can play better and I'm going to," he said after the team's morning skate in Westchester.

Boyle had one point in his first nine games this season, but head coach John Tortorella was concerned with his special teams play. Boyle wasn't playing well on the penalty kill — an area he excelled in last season — and wasn't doing a good job of blocking shots.

With Boyle in, somebody has to come out and it looks like that is going to be Chris Kreider. Boyle centered a line with Taylor Pyatt and J.T. Miller in practice, but Tortorella has yet to reveal his lines for tonight's game.

Another lineup change for the Blueshirts will be in net as Martin Biron will get the nod.

It will be Biron's second start this season. He won the first game he started against the Tampa Bay Lightning earlier this year, giving up just two goals. Against the Isles, his former team, he's 24-4-1 with a 2.03 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage. That includes a current 13-0-1 streak.

The Rangers have scored three or more goals in their past three wins and will look to do so again tonight against the weak goaltending of the Islanders.

Both Evgeni Nabokov (4-5-1, .897, 3.00) and Rick DiPietro (0-2-0, .842, 4.60) have been rather ineffective thus far into the season. The Islanders rank 29th in the league in goals against per game (3.58) so the Rangers should look to pour it on.

Tags: Brian Boyle, Chris Kreider, Evgeni Nabokov, Hockey, J.T. Miller, John Tortorella, Martin Biron, New York, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, NHL, Rick DiPietro, Tampa Bay Lightning, Taylor Pyatt

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