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New York Islanders Hope to Frustrate Pittsburgh Penguins Again

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Barclays Center on March 20, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Penguins 4-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Barclays Center on March 20, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Penguins 4-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 08: Matt Martin #17 of the New York Islanders (c) celebrates his third period goal against the San Jose Sharks at the Barclays Center on October 08, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The islanders shutout the Sharks 4-0. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 08: Matt Martin #17 of the New York Islanders (c) celebrates his third period goal against the San Jose Sharks at the Barclays Center on October 08, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The islanders shutout the Sharks 4-0. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

Keys to the Game

Don’t Give them Unnecessary PP
That means no slashes in the offensive zone during the third period for Andrew Ladd. Or weak hooking penalties. The idea is to limit chances for the Penguins. Giving a unit that consists of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Phil Kessel should be avoided at all costs.

With a second game against in three nights tensions will start to boil. The Penguins won’t be happy about how the Islanders embarrassed them in their own barn. Let the Penguin’s blood boil, don’t get sucked into undisciplined penalties. Again, limiting their chances includes limiting the amount of time they hold a numbers advantage over you.

Be Extra Opportunistic
The Penguins will know the Islanders plan and will take strides to prevent them from executing it. That means the Islanders won’t find the same number of opportunities they found themselves with two nights ago. They’ll have to be even more opportunistic whenever they find themselves with a chance on goal.

This is going to be one heck of a test for the New York Islanders. The Pittsburgh Penguins have some of best skill in the league and one of the better tacticians behind the bench.

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If they can best the Penguins again and take the division lead, a few more heads might turn at what’s going on in Brooklyn.

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