After watching Game 1 of the 2021 NHL Stanley Cup Semi-Finals, the New York Islanders seemed to be lacking a spark offensively and on the power play. They won 2-1 and have the series lead against the Tampa Bay Lightning but something was missing.
Oliver Wahlstrom took warmups for the first time since his injury. Adding him to the lineup for Game 2 would be beneficial for the Isles chances of holding a lead in this series.
New York Islanders Power Play
During the first period, the Isles drew two penalties to gain the man advantage. The first power play was a struggle. The Tampa Bay Lightning were all over the Islanders.
They swarmed whoever had the puck and the Isles struggled to gain solid possession. As the second power-play started, the Islanders seemed to have warmed up.
More possession was held and the guys developed solid opportunities. Noah Dobson generated scoring opportunities from the point and offense worked on deflections. The Islanders failed to score on both power plays given.
Other Offensive Opportunities
Wahlstrom is a player who has a strong shot and is an expert in where to aim the puck. He would be a great addition to the lineup when it comes to putting pucks in the net.
The Islanders experienced multiple scoring chances in the second period. Wahlstrom presents young talent and pushes the guys around him to advance their skills. Removing Travis Zajac and adding Wahlstrom back with Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Kyle Palmieri would generate scoring.
The Islanders had a lot of missed opportunities to gain a comfortable lead in game one. With a highly well-rounded opponent, the Isles need to take advantage of all scoring chances and many were missed in game one.
The Tampa Bay Lightning is a heavily talented offensive team and the Islanders need to throw as many pucks at the net as they can, Oliver Wahlstrom would be an addition to the lineup that would only help the Isles in this series.