New York Playoffs Round One Vs Carolina

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/17/2023 08:01:00 AM |

Here we are, not a tournament or a play-in. NY earned it's spot despite low playoff cut. Many would see playing a 1st place team as the one to avoid most but Carolina at the team most would consider the weakest. Having written that Carolina held 1st wire to wire & won game after game with Devils all over them to the final game. They are well tested in must win games in terms of holding that top spot & unlike last year have two healthy goalies. We have seen them tired, struggling, and dominating with speed/skill.

As for New York we'll see, if Sorokin can steal games or many vets can raise their production which was terrible. Horvat, Lee, Nelson must score, Barzal has to produce as a winger off his second leg injury. Can D hold, will old forwards win pucks in corners, in transition. Can Bolduc replace Romanov or will Mayfield, Pelech, Pullock give them 25 plus minutes? Goals have to be produced off point shots from Dobson-Aho, & they cant be worst team on the powerplay plus allow goals up a man.

I do not know what will happen Belmont is hardly home ice as Canes will practice there while our team hides at Northwell.