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Newsday’s Greg Logan gives us a heads up on a match-up to look out for tonight when the Islanders visit Madison Square Garden:

It was 63 games ago, but the sight of Sean Avery in a Rangers uniform tonight at Madison Square Garden is bound to rekindle the rage Islanders defenseman Brendan Witt felt when Avery speared him during a loss to the Los Angeles Kings in the third game of the season.

Witt was as angry as he’s been all season after Avery speared him, saying Avery was “lucky to be alive.” Recalling that moment, Witt admitted, “He was trying to get a rise, and I reacted without even thinking. I think [tonight] it’s going to be more thinking than reacting.”

In related news, Steve Zipay tells us that the acquisition of Sean Avery “pumped much-needed life” into a moribund Blueshirts team.

Meanwhile, in his column for the Post, Larry Brooks wonders “who’s going to be willing to take a game misconduct the first time Brendan Witt, Sean Hill or any other Islander runs Jaromir Jagr tonight? Who’s going to be the Ranger willing to go an eye-for-an-eye and take his shot at Ryan Smyth the moment the Islanders muscle up on Jagr in tonight’s Garden showdown that will precede Thursday’s rematch at the Coliseum?”

A win tonight against the rival Isles would inch the Rangers to within two points of Carolina for the Eastern Conference’s eighth and final playoff spot.

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