Though being thoroughly outplayed in Game 5, the New York Islanders were able to steal the win in Pittsburgh and put the Penguins on the brink of elimination. The Isles will be looking to put away Pittsburgh on the Island.
Prior to game day, the Isles are getting good news ahead of Game 6 as they’ll be able to increase capacity by around 130%. They’ll be able to add another 2,200 fans from the 6,800 that were in attendance for Game 4 and have 9,000 at today’s game.
We all know the Coliseum provides a great home-ice advantage, and that will be helped with the fact that they can welcome 2,200 more into the building. After the Tristian Jarry gaffe to Josh Bailey to end double OT, Jarry will be hearing it from the get-go.
New York Islanders should ride the momentum to a hot start.
The fans will be ready to go, and that should have the team following suit. If the Isles are able to capitalize on the momentum to start the game, they can look to bury the Pens. The Isles and their fans will be chomping at the bit to win a playoff series on home ice.
Naturally, the Penguins will not go away quietly, but the Islanders getting off to a quick start can give Pittsburgh a mountain to try to climb back from.
Mathew Barzal has had a fairly quiet series with only three assists so far, but I’d look for him to get on the board early to begin a frenzy on Long Island. Barzal has scored his fair share of highlight-reel goals in the regular season, and there’s no better time to get his first goal of the series to begin Game 6.
Oh, and it’s Barzal’s birthday today. Home ice, elimination game, and it’s his big day?Sounds like the ingredients for a good day for number 13.
We know the Barn will be rocking tonight, hopefully, that helps propel the Isles to an opening series win.