The NY Islanders plan to alter their of attack against Frederik Andersen in Game 2

New York Islanders v Carolina Hurricanes - Game One
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The New York Islanders had their chances in Game 1 on Saturday - plenty of them. Everyone will recall Noah Dobson hitting the post and then being stopped in close by a desperate Frederik Andersen with game tied at 1, as the best chance of the night, but there were others too.

“I’m encouraged because I thought we played a really solid game,” head coach Patrick Roy said after the 3-1 loss at PNC Arena. “It was a hard-fought game, but we had our chances. And I'm frustrated because we had our chances.”

Kyle Palmieri came across the front of the crease but was unable to keep the puck on his stick long enough to sweep it into the open net. Earlier in the game, a turnover gave Mathew Barzal a point-blank opportunity that was smothered by Andersen. Pierre Engvall and Anders Lee also weren't able to capitalize on opportunities.

Canes goaltender Frederik Andersen was shaky early in the game but got stronger as it went on. The 34-year-old missed most of the season due to injury, but since returning in early March. In 16 appearances this season, he posted a 13-2 record with a 1.84 GAA and .932 save percentage. Expecting him to play poorly and hand the Isles the game is not a winning strategy.

“We’re going to talk about him today,” Roy said of Andersen at Sunday's media availabilty. “We should have maybe talked more about him before. We need traffic in front of the net. There might not be tic-tac-toe kind of goals. It might be more like we need to bring the puck to the net and jam.”

The Islanders may have had a few golden opportunities but didn't have a ton of them.

Despite outshooting Carolina 34 to 25, the Islanders had 2.06 expected goals compared to 3.25 for the Hurricanes, according to MoneyPuck. To have more success in Monday's Game 2, they'll have to generate high-danger opportunities and think the way to beat Andersen is to get bodies in front of him and score the way Kyle MacLean did in the first period.

“I had a good look there in front last night. I didn’t see a ton of net,” Barzal said. “Just getting to the net, getting to the paint. We scored that first goal getting traffic. Making it tough on him to see the puck.” We'll see what type of adjustments the Isles make after watching the Game 1 film. They didn't have to contend with Andersen until Game 6 last year and didn't face him this regular season.