New York Islanders Seek To Take Series Lead In Game 5

The New York Islanders seek to reverse the curse of the disconcerting Game Five.

For the second time in the last two seasons, the New York Islanders are in what is essentially a best-of-three series after succumbing to the Florida Panthers by a score of 2-1 in Game Four.

“We knew it was going to be a hard-fought series,” defenseman Travis Hamonic said. “That’s what we’re in. It’s a best-of-three now at this point. We played alright when we were in their barn, so we’re heading back there and ready to rock.”


For the Isles to win the contest that has alluded them all these years (they haven’t won a Game 5 in nearly three decades), they’ll need secondary scoring from guys like Ryan Strome, Brock Nelson, Josh Bailey, Nikolai Kulemin and the fourth line.

Lineups:

Storylines:

  • The New York Islanders have the opportunity to win their first game five since 1987. They’ve lost their last eleven.
  • With Ryan Pulock sidelined (with an undisclosed injury) for what appears to be the remainder of the series, Marek Židlický is going to receive some playing time. That begins tonight.

  • Despite being tied, the Isles have led for an entire nine minutes this series. That’s a solid 3.75% of the time.
  • Game Four was the first contest in which Riley Smith didn’t find the back of the net. That’s the good news for the Isles. The bad? Florida found a way to win without their hottest forward on the statsheet.
  • Per Eric Hornick, this is the sixth time in franchise history that the Isles will play on the first night of Passover. In 1990, the team beat the Rangers in double overtime on a Brent Sutter goal in Game 3. They’ve also beaten two other rivals — the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals — on the eve of the Jewish holiday.
  • El Capitano, John Tavares, scored the Isles’ loan goal in Wednesday night’s 2-1 loss. He has seven points in four contests, and is again making the case that he is an elite player.

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Justin Weiss is a staff editor at Elite Sports New York, where he covers the New York Islanders and Brooklyn Cyclones. In 2016, he received a Quill Award for Freelance Journalism. He has written for the Long Island Herald, FanSided and YardBarker.