The New York Islanders will face the Carolina Hurricanes in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. After waiting for what seemed like forever the Islanders are back in action on Friday. Here’s the schedule for round two.
For the second time in the last 26 years, the New York Islanders will be playing in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Their opponents this time are the Carolina Hurricanes, the first wild card team from the Eastern Conference.
After sweeping the Pittsburgh Penguins in round one, the New York Islanders have sat and waited for their next opponent. Their ten-day wait was long, but it gave them time to heal up and hopefully practice their power play.
For the Hurricanes, they won’t have the luxury of rest. After a thrilling seven game series and a game seven that went to double-overtime, they’ll be back on the ice tomorrow night in Brooklyn for game one of the second round.
That has to be an advantage for the Islanders. You can say that the Isles might be a bit rusty, but the Hurricanes will certainly be a bit tired. Rust can be worked out pretty quickly, but tired legs take time to get back into rhythm.
Round Two Schedule
Game One | Friday, April 26th 7:00pm Brooklyn
Again, a Friday puck drop is a quick turn around for a Carolina team that just played roughly 90 minutes of hockey two days earlier. Adrenaline will kick in for the Canes at the start of the game and the Isles would do well to just ride out the first few minutes, work out whatever rust they got, and let the Canes tire themselves.
Game Two | Sunday, April 28th 3:00pm Brooklyn
Remember, it’s a 3:00pm puck drop. Those always get me tripped up come playoff time when I assume games are all played at night.
Game Three | Wednesday, May 1st 7:00pm Raleigh, NC
There’s a break here between games, so take note. With game one of the series so soon after the Hurricanes ended their series there’s a two-day break between games two and three.
Game Four | Friday, May 3rd 7:00pm Raleigh, NC
There isn’t anything remarkable about this game from a strictly scheduling perspective. Aside from the fact that the series is back to that typical playoff rhythm of game-break-game.
To Be Determined
If the series goes beyond four games there are three other games that could be played. Times are still to be determined for all three games but the locations and dates are set.
Game Five | Sunday, May 5th Brooklyn
Game Six | Tuesday, May 7th Raleigh, NC
Game Seven | Wednesday, May 8th Brooklyn
Yes, you read that right. There’s a back-to-back here to close out the series. Hopefully, the series doesn’t go that far. But then again, the New York Islanders were 8-1 in back-to-back situations during the regular season.
Now that the days are set, mark your calendars.