The Islanders know what it’s like to be up 1-0 in a series before.
They found themselves in that spot after beating the Pittsburgh Penguins last season in Game 1 of the first round of the playoffs. However, that was a best-of-seven series and the Islanders find themselves up 1-0 against the Florida Panthers in a best-of-five series.
A win on Tuesday would put Islanders in the driver’s seat of the shortened qualifying round series and allow them to close things out on Wednesday. A loss Will give the Panthers new life as they try and stave off the Islanders.