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Islanders Must Capitalize Against Panthers in Game Two

TORONTO, ONTARIO - AUGUST 01: Semyon Varlamov #40 of the New York Islanders celebrates with his teammates after defeating the Florida Panthers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Qualification Round prior to the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena on August 1, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ONTARIO - AUGUST 01: Semyon Varlamov #40 of the New York Islanders celebrates with his teammates after defeating the Florida Panthers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Qualification Round prior to the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena on August 1, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images) /
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The New York Islanders kicked off their “play-in” series with a win against the Florida Panthers. In a best of five series, Game Two is vital.

The New York Islanders have had a good return to play in the Toronto bubble. They beat the New York Rangers 2-1 in their first exhibition game. They then proceeded to follow that up with a 2-1 Game One win against the Florida Panthers.

Though a best-of-five series hasn’t been played in the NHL since 1986, Major League Baseball has a best of five series every season. Of course, the goal is to win every playoff game and by winning Game One the Isles have put themselves in a good spot.

The Isles and Panthers will play back-to-back noon games on both Tuesday and Wednesday. As good as fans feel winning Game One, that can change in a hurry.

Countless times in the MLB playoffs you’ll see a team win Game One, only to then lose Games Two and Three. All the good vibes of Game One can disappear in the blink of an eye, especially with back-to-back games.

Islanders Golden Series Opportunity

The Isles will have the perfect opportunity to put a stranglehold on the series Tuesday. Though Johnny Boychuk‘s status for Game Two is up in the air, confidence should still be high for the Islanders.

If the Islanders are able to win Tuesday, they will be sitting pretty for a series sweep. Conversely, if they lose, they’ll have to rebound quickly so the season doesn’t escape them. Thankfully they’ll get that chance the very next afternoon with Game Three scheduled for noon on August 5.

Though Boychuk is injured, the Islanders will still roll with a healthy lineup. As they’ve shown, a healthy Islanders team is as good as anybody.

Find out everything you need to know for Game Two here.

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