TORONTO — Like a savant, an augur, a voyant of clair, NYI Hockey Now’s Christian Arnold wrote in his pregame Friday about the New York Islanders having to play 5-on-5 hockey in Game-2 to be successful. Bingo!
Stay out of the box. How many times have you heard that advice or admonishment when a team has spent too much time there. For all of their impressive defensive improvements these past couple of seasons under coach Barry Trotz, the penalty kill hasn’t been the difference-maker for the Isles. In 2019-20 it was middle of the pack.
Special teams is not an area the Isles will likely win. Thus the emphasis on even strength hockey. The Cap’s went 0-for-2 on the power play in Game 2, the second number of that statistic just as important as the first. Keep the penalty kill off the ice.