Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Islanders, 7:00pm ET
Nassau Coliseum — Uniondale, NY — MSG+, NBCSN, TSN
Update, 3:26pm – Check out Christian’s blog for notes and quotes from the morning skate.
Original Story, 1:51pm — Tonight at the Coliseum the Islanders face elimination against the Penguins, down 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. Both prior games at the Coliseum came down to the wire and were absolutely crazy in terms of the fans noise, and hopefully tonight won’t be any different. Despite Thursday’s clunker in Pittsburgh, the Islanders are very much alive in this series and have played well at home.
On the injury front, they’ll again be without Andrew MacDonald, a very tough loss. Frans Nielsen is going to be a gametime decision. Brock Nelson skated in the morning and appears to be the replacement for Nielsen if the Dane can’t play. If Nelson plays, it would be his NHL debut. Evgeni Nabokov will get the start in goal. After Thursday night’s loss, there could be some changes – maybe Matt Carkner gets back in?
For Pittsburgh, it’ll probably be the same lineup. I mean, why change after a 4-0 shutout? Dan Byslma wouldn’t name a starting netminder after practice on Friday, but uh, yeah. It should be Vokoun.
The Islanders also have history on their side. As Dom at LHH points out, the franchise is 4-0 in elimination Game Sixes at the Coliseum.
Of course that’s not something that necessarily pertains to this team, since those wins have come in different decades, but hopefully history can repeat itself.
Whenever this playoff run ends, be it tonight or later on, it’s been fun. Enjoy at least one more night of screaming your heads off at the Coliseum.