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Islanders at Capitals [Stanley Cup Playoff Game #5 Thread]

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Physicality will ensue...
Physicality will ensue...
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

It's game five of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the Islanders and Capitals and what was once a best of seven series is now a best of three. The Islanders outplayed the Capitals at even strength, but their special teams let them down as they couldn't capitalize on any of their four power play opportunities as the Islanders fell to Washington by a score of two to one. The game wasn't the only thing the Islanders lost.

Lubomir Visnovsky suffered a dreaded "upper body injury" as a result of charging penalty by Tom Wilson. It was announced yesterday that Visnovsky has in fact suffered another concussion and will be out indefinitely. The team is now down two defensemen, both of whom play on the right side. It sounds as though Griffin Reinhart will draw in for him.

Visnovsky isn't the only subtraction from the lineup. Mikhail Grabovski is back in the lineup and it appears that he will be drawing in for Brock Nelson. The third line has hardly been effective this series, but the decision to scratch Nelson is peculiar at best. Anders Lee has been the weak spot on that line and has posted the worst possession numbers on the team since April first without really contributing to the scoring.

Jaroslav Halak will be in net. The Capitals roster will look the same as it did for the last game. Braden Holtby is in net again.

Projected Islanders Lines and Pairings

Forward Scale
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Nikolay Kulemin John Tavares Ryan Strome
G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel
13.27 16.89 30.16 -0.9% -4.4% 21.10 23.98 45.08 +3.3% +24.4% 17.95 33.34 51.30 +1.0% -4.9%
Josh Bailey Frans Nielsen Kyle Okposo
G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel
16.04 29.60 45.64 +0.4% +17.3% 11.02 17.90 28.92 -0.6% -8.0% 15.20 29.01 44.20 +2.2% +20.2%
Anders Lee Mikhail Grabovski Tyler Kennedy
G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel
22.97 18.92 41.89 +1.7% +7.5% 17.38 17.38 34.76 +3.3% -9.8% 18.07 21.09 39.16 +2.1% +3.7%
Matthew Martin Casey Cizikas Cal Clutterbuck
G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel
11.33 8.50 19.84 -2.3% -9.6% 11.08 12.67 23.75 -4.4% -8.2% 5.80 8.71 14.51 -2.1% -15.5%
Defense Scale
Left Defence Right Defense
Nick Leddy Johnny Boychuk
G/1640 A/1640 P/1640 CFRel OZRel G/1640 A/1640 P/1640 CFRel OZRel
11.73 19.55 31.29 +4.5% +2.2% 4.28 21.38 25.66 +3.5% +1.8%
Calvin de Haan Brian Strait
G/1640 A/1640 P/1640 CFRel OZRel G/1640 A/1640 P/1640 CFRel OZRel
0.00 15.36 15.36 +1.1% +2.9% 3.92 7.85 11.77 -7.5% -4.4%
Thomas Hickey Griffin Reinhart
G/1640 A/1640 P/1640 CFRel OZRel G/1640 A/1640 P/1640 CFRel OZRel
1.26 21.39 22.65 -0.9% -0.6% 0.00 14.77 14.77 -5.8% -6.9%
Goalies
Jaroslav Halak
Michal Neuvirth
All Data Five on Five Score Adjusted Data from War-On-Ice.com
Includes Top 450 Forwards in Minutes Includes top 240 Defensemen in Minutes

Projected Capitals Lines and Pairs

Forward Scale
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Alex Ovechkin Nicklas Backstrom Joel Ward
G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel
20.69 15.76 36.45 +3.4% +7.9% 12.75 26.47 39.22 +3.9% +5.0% 11.87 9.50 21.37 -1.7% -8.7%
Marcus Johansson Evgeny Kuznetsov Jason Chimera
G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel
18.13 15.71 33.84 +2.4% +6.5% 5.54 22.16 27.70 -3.1% +3.0% 10.36 17.75 28.11 -5.5% -9.2%
Andre Burakovsky Jay Beagle Troy Brouwer
G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel
14.22 20.31 34.53 +4.7% +13.3% 18.55 12.98 31.53 -1.6% -7.2% 12.91 19.36 32.27 -0.7% +2.8%
Brooks Laich Michael Latta Tom Wilson
G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel
8.10 17.82 25.92 -1.9% -6.5% 0.00 17.01 17.01 +0.2% -2.1% 6.75 21.95 28.70 +1.7% +6.2%
Defense Scale
Left Defence Right Defense
Brooks Orpik John Carlson
G/1640 A/1640 P/1640 CFRel OZRel G/1640 A/1640 P/1640 CFRel OZRel
0.00 18.82 18.82 -2.4% -4.6% 9.43 29.47 38.89 -0.2% -3.4%
Karl Alzner Matt Niskanen
G/1640 A/1640 P/1640 CFRel OZRel G/1640 A/1640 P/1640 CFRel OZRel
4.93 17.26 22.19 -0.5% -3.8% 2.30 16.07 18.37 +0.9% -1.5%
Tim Gleason Mike Green
G/1640 A/1640 P/1640 CFRel OZRel G/1640 A/1640 P/1640 CFRel OZRel
1.55 12.44 13.99 -3.2% +2.8% 13.84 21.52 35.36 1.6% +9.3%
Goalies
Braden Holtby
Philipp Grubauer
All Data Five on Five Score Adjusted Data from War-On-Ice.com
Includes Top 450 Forwards in Minutes Includes top 240 Defensemen in Minutes