The islanders and hurricanes meet for the first time in the playoffs as they enter the first round of the second round series on Friday night at the Barclays Center.
The islanders advanced with four penguin games ahead of the Hurricanes, who have twice emerged from two goals defeats, defeating defending Stanley Cup champions Capitals on Wednesday night in Washington with a 4-3 double in the seventh round.
Here is the breakdown of this series:
Islander: Coach Barry Defiance is able to roll four rows, being usually his "identity line" of Casey Cizikas, Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck stands on the ice to start every period. Clutterbuck left Game 4 against the penguins and missed two exercises, but can start the series. The right wing Jordan Eberle had a goal as Topline in each of the four preliminaries, Mathew Barzal (five assists) and Anders Lee played like a goal. Second Line Center Brock Nelson had three goals against the penguins.
Hurricanes: The hurricanes can also roll four balanced lines. The top line of Sebastian Aho between Teuvo Teravainen and the former islander Nino Niederreiter gave the Capitals the speed. Midfielder Jordan Staal (three goals, three assists) was temporarily dominant during the series around the fold and his right wing Justin Williams is one of the game's most experienced veterans. The left wing of the third line, Warren Foegele, had four goals and two assists. Andrei Svechnikov's right-winger health (20 goals, 1
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Islanders: Adam Pelech and Ryan Pulock flourished in the first round against Sidney Crosby, and Nick Leddy and rookie Devon Toews are two of the team's best skaters. Scott Mayfield, like Pelech and Pulock, is a great blue liner who has grown rapidly this season. Johnny Boychuk, who won a trophy with the Bruins in 2011, lost three to four weeks blocking a left leg leg in Game 4. Thomas Hickey, who has been playing sporadically since a head injury, held him for 29 games on Dec. 18, 23, will pair with Leddy in Boychuk's absence.
Hurricanes: The Hurricanes are affronted as Dougie Hamilton (18 goals, 21 assists in the regular season) by their backers plenty. Justin Faulk (11, 24) and Jaccob Slavin (8, 23) are all happy when they get up. Slavin with nine assists and Hamilton with three goals and three assists were two of the top three scorers of the hurricanes against the capitals. Former Islander Calvin de Haan was a solid addition to the defense corps when he teamed up with Trevor van Riemsdyk.
Islanders: Vezina Trophy finalist Robin Lehner composed 1.47 goals against the average and a saving percentage of .956 against the penguins , He finished 130 of 136 shots and allowed only three goals in the last three games. Thomas Greiss, who shared the Jennings Trophy with Lehner, won three of the four games he started against the Hurricanes in the regular season and scored 45-1 (2-1) in the opening game on October 4th.
Hurricanes: Petr Mrazek had 2.54 GAA and a percentage of 0.899 savings over the capitals, but was strong when he had to be both after games of Hurricanes in Games 6 and 7. He is an aggressive goalkeeper who prefers to challenge the shooters. Curtis McElhinney (20-11-2, 2.58 GAA, .912 save percentage) is the backup.
Islanders: The Power Play, which ranked 28th in the regular season, was battled in the first two games the penguins each scored a goal, although in game 2 it was 1 in 6 and totaled 2 to 13. But the penalty shoot-out really was a crucial factor in the first series, as the mighty power games of the penguins, which include Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel and Kris Letang, were counted to a 1: 11 performance. [19659006Hurricanes: The Hurricanes finished 20th in the regular season and were 3-25 in the power play against the capitals, with Hamilton scoring two of the man-advantage goals. Their penalty shoot-out fought somewhat against the Ovechkin-led Capitals, who went 6 to 24, although Aho scored a crucial short-game goal in Game 7 and the Hurricanes killed a man advantage in the second overtime. 19659006] Edge: Even
Islander: Barry Despite last season, Barry Stan picked up a Stanley Cup with the Capitals and has the best defensive turnaround in the NHL reaches 100 years with the islanders.
Hurricanes: Few teams had as much fun this season as the Hurricanes (see videos of their post-game victory celebration), but they also quickly adapted the bulldog of first-time coach Rod Brind to Amour, the captain of the Hurricanes was when the franchise won its only cup in 2006.
Andrew Gross: Islanders in 6
Laura Albanese: Islanders in 6
Neil Best: Hurricanes in 6  Mark Herrmann: Islander in 7
Colin Stephenson: Islander in 5