The Islanders are doing everything they can to say the right thing, go through their routines, and not let this moment overwhelm them.

Under the lights of Yankee Stadium, they’ll play a game Wednesday night against the Rangers that is crucial to retaining hope for a playoff position. So in preparation, they took to the Bronx ice at dusk on Tuesday, practicing in the frigid temperatures that are only supposed to drop by game time, going through all of their regular practice drills for more than an hour, all in hopes of making their first game outdoors a pleasant memory.

And in that vein, coach Jack Capuano, as superstitious as they come, walked onto a room in the bowels of the stadium, onto a dais normally reserved for Joe Girardi, and went through his spiel of not naming a starting goaltender the day before the game.

It was a rather fruitless veiling of what most can assume is a certainty — regular starter Evgeni Nabokov will be between the Islanders pipes to start their biggest game of the year thus far.

“We haven’t decided yet about our goaltending or our lineup,” Capuano said after the practice. “We just want to make sure that we went through today, and we’ll go through our meetings, post-practice, [and] see how guys are feeling.”

Nabokov, 38, had been sidelined since Jan. 6 with a quadriceps injury, and returned to the bench for Monday’s 6-3 loss to the Bruins at the Coliseum. Hoping to just serve as a backup to Kevin Poulin, after six goals on 36 shots, Capuano pulled Poulin and put Nabokov into the game to play the final 11:44. He made one save.

Specifically, with Nabokov’s injury being related to a muscle, Capuano was asked if he thinks the weather will affect his decision on choosing a goaltender.