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The Stanley Cup Playoffs are well underway and we here at theBRKDWN Sports are analyzing and previewing each second-round matchup. In this article, I will be dissecting and predicting a team to advance to the third round of the playoffs, so let’s begin.
The Storm Surge, Carolina Hurricanes move on to second round against the New York Islanders after beating the Washington Capitals in a Game 7 in double overtime. On Friday night, when these two teams clash, the New York Islanders would have been resting for 10 days and better be ready for s strong, fast offensive team in the Hurricanes. This will be the first time these two teams meet in the postseason and should be good for hockey fans to witness this first time matchup and be excited for whatever teams moves onto the Conference Finals.
Second-round games start on Friday, April 26, and theBRKDWN Sports will be all over it.
Game 1: Fri., April 26, Carolina @ NY Islanders, 7:00 p.m. ET
Game 2: Sun., April 28, Carolina @ NY Islanders, 3:00 p.m. ET
Game 3: Wed., May 1, NY Islanders @ Carolina, 7:00 p.m. ET
Game 4: Fri., May 3, NY Islanders @ Carolina, 10:00 p.m. ET
Game 5*: Sun., May 5, Carolina @ NY Islanders, TBD, TBD
Game 6*: Tues., May 7, NY Islanders @ Carolina, TBD, TBD
Game 7*: Thurs., May 8, Carolina @ NY Islanders, TBD, TBD
Season Series Winners
Islanders won the season series 3-1
October 4: Islanders 2 Hurricanes 1 (OT)
October 28: Islanders 2 Hurricanes 1
November 24: Islanders 4 Hurricanes 1
January 8: Islanders 3 Hurricanes 4
The New York Islanders once again will need to stick to their great defensive game and shut down this fast Hurricanes club in order to have a better chance of advancing on to the Conference Finals this year. Any player who played on the Islanders blue line stepped up their game big time this entire year. Barry Trotz is a huge factor in their success so far in the postseason, with the excellent defensive play the Islanders are showing on the ice every game. Another note to mention is it will be tough for the Hurricanes to score goals on ‘Vezina nominee’ Robin Lehner. Lehner has been unreal this postseason putting up a .956 save percentage as well as 6 goals allowed in 4 games.
The Hurricanes aren’t going to go down without a fight. This team has been battling all year long and their last playoff series against the Capitals. They were without the services of forwards Andrei Svechnikov and Micheal Ferland, two key players all year on the roster and still pulled out a big series win. A lot of the help — like the Islanders — has come from the blue line with Dougie Hamilton and Jaccob Slavin putting up great offensive numbers at even strength as well as on the power-play. All of the Canes players have bought in to Rod Brind’amour’s system and it’s clearly working. They show no quit and are offensively exciting to watch every shift from each and every player. They will give the Islanders defense some trouble when they throw Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teravainen and Warren Foegele at them every shift.
If the Islanders were able to shut down guys like Crosby, Malkin, Letang and Guentzel, I think they can do the same against an exciting Canes team. I’m taking the Islanders in 6 games over the Hurricanes.