The New York Islanders took care of business at home winning games one and two. With a 2-0 lead, the Isles can’t get complacent.
It’s been a fun few days for the New York Islanders. After an intense overtime win in Game 1, and a solid Game 2 performance the Isles find themselves with a 2-0 series lead for the first time since 1983.
While being up 2-0 against a powerhouse Pittsburgh Penguins team is fun and frankly unusual to the newer Islanders fans, there’s still a lot more work for the Islanders to do. 401 times in NHL history a playoff series has begun with a team taking a 2-0 lead.
Of those series, 12.7 percent of the series ended with the team down 0-2 winning the series. Obviously, more often than not the team up 2-0 wins the series but there’s still a chance for a team to come back.
Pittsburgh is a very good home team. With a 23-14-4 record, there’s absolutely still hope for the Pens as the series shifts to Pittsburgh for the next two games. The rule of thumb usually is for teams to get one game on the road.
If you’re able to “steal one” on the road you usually put yourself into a good position in a series. While obviously, a sweep would be nice, and that’s what we as fans are hoping for, it’s unrealistic to expect that.
With their backs against the wall, the Penguins probably take Game 3, but if the Isles are able to get Game 4 (a split) and return with a 3-1 series lead, you have a 90.1 percent chance of winning the series.
Going into the series, many figured it would be a long series with both teams beating each other up along the way. So far, that hasn’t been the case but that could absolutely change starting today.
Luckily, the Isles have the right mindset. They aren’t satisfied with a 2-0 series lead. They have a one game at a time mentality which is exactly how you have to look at it. Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have their fingerprints all over this team’s mindset and it’s perfect.