The Islanders have a round of playoff games under their belt, but does that mean that gives them an edge in some way over the Washington Capitals? If you ask the Islanders, it doesn’t seem like they’d say it would.
Yes, both clubs played in games before the start of the First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. However, the Qualifying Round contests had a much different feel to it than the Round Robin. The Islanders were playing for their postseason lives, while the Caps were just there to figure out seeding.
Washington lost all but one of its Round Robin games — A 2-1 win over Boston to secure the third seed — while the Islanders had to defeat Florida in four games. Still, the players weren’t ready to say if that gave them any sort of competitive edge heading into Game 1 on Wednesday
“This such a new situation for everybody,” Jordan Eberle said. “The experiences for us even just playing the best-of-five to coming out of training camp in August to play in the playoffs, everything is new. I said it from day one, the teams that are mentally prepared and the team that is mentally ready to go and has the most urgency is going to win.