On the injury front, the Hurricanes are still playing things close to the vest. Micheal Ferland remains out with an upper-body injury, but Andrei Svechnikov and Jordan Martinook are game-time decisions.
Unless one or both of them are able to go, this will be how Carolina’s lineups will look when the puck drops this afternoon.
Brock McGinn - Sebastian Aho - Justin Williams
Nino Niederreiter - Jordan Staal - Teuvo Teravainen
Warren Foegele - Lucas Wallmark - Saku Maenalanen
Greg McKegg - Clark Bishop - Patrick Brown
Jaccob Slavin - Brett Pesce
Calvin de Haan - Justin Faulk
Trevor van Riemsdyk - Dougie Hamilton
The Islanders stuck to their game on Thursday, but after a lengthy lay off after taking care of the Penguins in quick fashion in round one, they weren’t able to really take the game over and allowed the Canes to come out on top.
Neither team has practiced since Thursday, so we’ll see what Barry Trotz decides to do with his lineup for game two. Here’s how they lined up in game one, though, and likely how they’ll go this afternoon.
Anders Lee - Matt Barzal - Jordan Eberle
Josh Bailey - Brock Nelson - Tom Kuhnhackl
Anthony Beauvillier - Valtteri Filppula - Leo Komarov
Matt Martin - Casey Cizikas - Cal Clutterbuck
Nick Leddy - Thomas Hickey
Scott Mayfield - Devon Toews
Adam Pelech - Ryan Pulock
Match the Intensity
The Hurricanes have played a lot of hockey over the past few days (well north of 150 minutes), so today’s matinee will be tough for a number of reasons. That makes the first period of game two even more important.
New York will come out hot, looking to tie this series on home ice and avenge a stinging game-one loss. They’ll be physical from the jump, and Carolina can’t shy away from it. It can be easy to get too involved in that area, though, as well. If they overcompensate on that front, the Islanders’ style of game will jump all over their mistakes.
Petr Mrazek has been the best player on the ice for Carolina over the last seven or eight periods. His game-one shutout was his second of the postseason, and it came just two days after he battled his way through the Canes’ double overtime thriller in Washington.
Excluding the Hurricanes’ game-five collapse against the Capitals, Mrazek has a .958 save percentage dating back to game three of the first round. With how well Robin Lehner was played, including in game one, the growingly fatigued Canes need more of the same out of their starter.
These playoffs have been an adventure for Dougie Hamilton. He started out extremely hot, leading the way for Carolina’s production on the blue line, but after his run-ins with Alex Ovechkin, things have gone a bit sideways, to an extent.
He was practically taken out of Carolina’s d-man rotation in game seven on Wednesday and he only saw 17:48 of ice time in game one.
If Carolina can get the Hamilton that lit the league on fire through the second half of the season and the first half of the first round, it’ll be a massive boost to their depth and offensive punch. In a series like this against a team as stingy, defensively, as the Isles are, the Canes will need offense from their blue line. Obviously, one of the first places you should look to is Hamilton.