The Islanders are returning to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in 27 years. If they’re looking to make it back to the Stanley Cup Final they’ll have to go through a tough Tampa Bay Lightning team.
New York is hoping to continue the dominating play it showcased in Game 7 of the Second Round when conference finals begin on Monday. For that to happen the Islanders will need the special teams to step, all four lines rolling and strong goaltending out of whoever is in net.
Below are three X-factors heading into Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.