Isles vs. Penguins Game 5: Preview

 

After a tremendous 6-4 victory at the Nassau Coliseum that evened up the series 2-2 with the Penguins, the Islanders will head back to Pittsburgh for Game 5. The last time the Isles played in Steel City was Game 2, where the team battled back from a 3-1 defect to win the game 4-3. 

After dropping Game 1 in an atrocious 5-0 loss, the Islanders have been the truly dominant team in the last 4 games, even after losing at home in overtime in Game 3. Needless to say, the 8th seeded New York Islanders are giving the 1st place Penguins a run for their money. 

Unfortunately, it has come to light that Andrew MacDonald suffered a broken hand midway through the second period of Tuesday's game. He is more than likely out for the season and due to his considerable gamely ice-time, the Isles will have to adjust on the blue line.  Radek Martinek will be the likely replacement, being that he's a guy who can defensively shut down the oppositions top line. 

The Pittsburgh Penguins might now have a fully healthy roster but goaltending seems to be taking the cake now. Marc-Andre Fleury will officially miss his first postseason start since 2001 due to his lackluster play in this opening series. 

The Pens will send out 36-year-old veteran Thomas Vokun between the pipes. Vokun has been incredible backing up Fluery this season, but is 3-8 in the playoffs in his 15-year career. 

The puck drops tonight at 7pm E/T at the Consol Energy Centre in Pittsburgh. 

LET GO ISLANDERS! 

 

- T.J. Weber

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