It has been a long time since the New York area had a hockey regular season such as this one - not only on the ice but also as reflected by television ratings.

Take the Islanders: Their games on MSG Networks have averaged 0.60 percent of homes, which might not sound like much but is 76 percent better than at this point last season.

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The Rangers were up 26 percent to 1.63 percent of area homes entering Monday night's game and easily will surpass the Knicks for the first time since 2007-08.

The Knicks' average rating is 1.32, down 39 percent from 2013-14.

In 2007-08, the Rangers out-rated the Knicks, 1.15 to 0.91. Those Rangers reached the second round of the playoffs, while those Knicks finished 23-59 in Isiah Thomas' second and final season as coach.

Even the Devils, who will not make the playoffs, are up 41 percent this season, to a still-modest 0.25 rating.