The Islanders are essentially cooked in terms of playoffs with the most minuscule of chances of making it coming should they win out and get help from their opponents. With that being said, it might be time to tank and boy does the lineup reflect that. It’s... not exactly stellar.
Christopher Gibson gets the go in net after getting blitzed in his last go around. Four of the first ten shots on him went in during his last game and he was eventually pulled for Jaroslav Halak. Also in the lineup will be Ross Johnston - one of five forwards with a relative Fenwick for percentage less than -10 percent and a Fenwick for percentage of less than 40 percent out of the 475 forwards that have played over 100 minutes at even strength. Dennis Seidenberg is in for Sebastian Aho for some reason and he’s the third worst defenseman in relative Fenwick for percentage in the league.
The Islanders aren’t likely to win this one with puck possession so they’ll need to puck luck their way to victory here. The Penguins have been rather lackluster in that category and anybody can beat anyone in a hockey game, but the Penguins also have a giant advantage in special teams as well. This could get ugly folks.