Islanders have to play waiting game when it comes to next foe

The Islanders might want to wait and see who they’ll face within the first spherical of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Islanders are the No. 6 seed after their 5-1 win over the Panthers to shut out the collection and, with the Canadiens ending off the Penguins on Friday, the Islanders will face the winner of Sunday’s Capitals-Bruins round-robin sport.

“Now we have lots of confidence in our sport,” defenseman Ryan Pulock stated on a Zoom name. “The model that we play, we all know that if we are able to play our manner and to our identification that it offers us an opportunity to win each night time.

“Our focus was on this collection coming in. We bought that job performed. Now it’s going to be regroup and see who we play. Simply return to work.”

Islanders coach Barry Trotz inserted Leo Komarov into the lineup instead of Tom Kuhnhackl for Sport four to bolster the group’s penalty kill.

Leo Komarov shoots the puck during the Islanders' series-clinching 5-1 win over the Panthers on Friday.
Leo Komarov shoots the puck through the Islanders’ series-clinching 5-1 win over the Panthers on Friday.NHLI through Getty Pictures

It labored.

“Leo is ready. I feel after we have been beginning this course of we figured Leo can be within the lineup after which clearly he bought injured within the Section 2 a part of it [restart],” Trotz stated. “He’s labored actually exhausting, he feels very assured that he can come again now and play.

“We simply felt clearly Florida’s energy play is super, it’s all-world, it’s harmful on each aspect. We felt that Leo is a veteran man, he’s a heavier man than perhaps Tommy. He felt like he was prepared so we stated let’s put him in.”

Komarov’s presence on the penalty kill suppressed Florida’s dynamic energy play four-out-of-five instances Friday.

Komarov didn’t take part with the varsity throughout Section three coaching camp as he battled by an undisclosed damage that stored him off the ice for the primary two days, as a substitute skating with the group of extras towards the tip. He wore a full-caged helmet in camp and once more on the ice Friday in his collection debut.

“We knew we needed to step up in particular groups, such a giant a part of this collection for us,” Pulock stated. “They bought that one and we have been making an attempt to maintain making changes, making an attempt to get the job performed. Leo stepping in did an ideal job for us tonight, good on the kill.”

On account of the Islanders shifting on to the official playoffs, the Senators obtain the group’s first-round choose as a part of the Jean-Gabriel Pageau commerce.

If the Islanders win the Stanley Cup, the Senators can even obtain the Isles’ third-round draft choose. Pageau completed the play-in collection towards Florida with three targets.

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