Pittsburgh Penguins @ New York Islanders
Penguins Lead 2-1
ROOT, NBCSN, MSG Plus, TSN, RDS - 7:00 pm/et
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum - Uniondale, NY
Game four is a big game. At the end of the night the series could be 3-1 and the Penguins could have a commanding lead or it could be 2-2 and the Penguins fanbase could become unglued.
The Islanders have been a tough opponent. Probably tougher than most expected. In 5-on-5 play, the Penguins have scored seven goals and the Islanders have scored six. That one goal isn't much of an advantage. Defensively, the Penguins have not been good. This looks a lot like the Philadelphia series from last year.
The difference has been special teams.
In these playoffs, the Penguins penalty kill is working at a 90.9% success rate. In last year's playoffs it was 47.8%. That's a huge difference and it's one of the main reasons that the Pens are up 2-1 instead of crumbling apart. On the other side of the ice, the Islanders penalty kill is working at 53.8%. That's another huge reason the Penguins are leading the series.
Empty Netters is guessing they'll both be in but that would involve a heathy line-up and we just can't bring ourselves to imagine that.Add a comment