The New York Islanders start their second-round matchup against the Carolina Hurricanes. What do the Isles need to do to win the series? Here are five keys.
The best-of-seven series between the New York Islanders and the Carolina Hurricanes starts today. While they routinely see each other in the regular season, this is the first time the divisional rivals face each other in the playoffs.
That’s what happens when both teams combine for only four postseason trips over the previous ten years.
But here they are.
The Islanders defied just about every NHL pundit to rack up 103 points, make it to the postseason, and now into the second round.
The Carolina Hurricanes were able to surge into the playoffs after a crazy end to the season. Over their finals 20 games of the season, they accumulated a 13-6-1 record to finish with 99 points and take the first wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference.
Both are Cinderella stories in their own right. Both have a compelling narrative. But only one can win.
The Hurricanes might have been a wildcard team, but they aren’t to be underestimated. In order to move on to the Eastern Conference finals, the Islanders will have to keep these five keys in mind.