The New York Islanders lost a tightly contested Round 2 series opener Friday night. Who earned hero points for the Isles, and what are the possible lineups?
That said, the New York Islanders were not without their heroes. True, Bailey did not score on his breakaway and Pulock’s power play blast turned out to hit the outside of the net, but the New York Islanders fought hard, despite the outcome.
Hero points go to captain Anders Lee in a big way. While he was called for two penalties, one which negated a Barzal goal, he fought with vigor and truly set the tone for a team which did not appear rusty at all.
Adam Pelech has become an absolute beast. He gets hero points galore for his blocks to cement the Islanders PK performance. If the Isles are to come back in this series it will have a lot to do with him and Pulock.
Have faith all ye Who Root for Robin Lehner
Robin Lehner stood on his head Friday night. He did the hokey pokey and turned himself around. He made saves with even his pinkie toe. He has a 1.36 GAA and a .958 SP in the playoffs. He’s our hero. Have faith.
Barzal was Barzal. He almost shot the game-winner. He was scrappy, laying hits and commanding the offensive zone, skating circles around the Hurricanes defensive zone. One feels like he is going to come up big as the series proceeds.
Today’s game is another test. The Isles look to be ready. Though they didn’t look too rusty, it was obvious that Carolina had played meaningful hockey more recently. That said, Mrazek surely won’t finish with a 1.000 save percentage for the series. The Orange and Blue will put a few in the back of the net. Let’s. Go. Isles.
Both teams are being cagey with their lineups, as most teams do at this time of years. Its gamesmanship that all coaches revel in. We heard that Barry Trotz might tinker with the lineup . But with the way the team played in game one, there’d be no reason to do so.
Jordan Martinook and Andrei Svechnikov are still game-time decisions for the Carolina Hurricanes. Other then that, the Hurricanes lineup should also remain unchanged.
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