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New York Islanders Five Keys To Win Series vs Carolina Hurricanes

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 10: Anthony Beauvillier #18 of the New York the Pittsburgh Penguins and is joined by Mathew Barzal #13 and Josh Bailey #12 of the New York Islanders at NYCB Live at the Nassau Coliseum on December 10, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 10: Anthony Beauvillier #18 of the New York the Pittsburgh Penguins and is joined by Mathew Barzal #13 and Josh Bailey #12 of the New York Islanders at NYCB Live at the Nassau Coliseum on December 10, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – APRIL 01: Anthony Beauvillier #18 of the New York Islanders skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum on April 01, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. The Maple Leafs defeated the Islanders 2-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Forecheck

The Islanders need to have a strong forecheck against the Hurricanes. This shouldn’t be hard to do for the Islanders. It’s exactly what they did to the Pittsburgh Penguins in round one. If they can it will give the Islanders a defensive and offensive advantage.

Defensively

The Islanders didn’t allow a typically speedy Penguins team to get anything going. They didn’t give them space to breathe, they didn’t allow them to set up in their defensive zone, and it prevented them from utilizing their quick transition game to move the puck into the Islanders zone.

If the Penguins can’t set up shop in the Islanders end, it makes it awfully hard to create scoring opportunities.

Offensively

Puck pressure creates turnovers. When a forechecker pressures a puck carrier he forces him to make a split second decision. A decision that he doesn’t always get right.

Just watch how the Capitals forecheck the Hurricanes on Burakovsky’s opening goal in-game seven. The puck ends up along the half-wall at what seems to be the end of an offensive passage of play for the Capitals.

But as the Caps chase the puck and Carolina defenders they make a mistake and the puck doesn’t clear the area and falls to an open Burakovsky. Burakovsky capitalized and goes top-shelf on Petr Mrazek.

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