It’s sounds so simple when it comes from the Tao of Trotz: The Islanders are behind, but hey, they know what to do, so they’re just “going to Carolina to win two games,” and it starts with the first one.
There’s more to it, of course, but that’s how they have to see things. Even in your best form, hockey is a sport still subject to whims and bounces and posts and calls that don’t go your way. (Regardless of any Post columnist’s brilliant “So make no mistake BUT SCOREBOARD” analysis). More so in a short series of games.
No way else to see it than do what you can do, try to do a little more where find the chance. For the Isles, that means trusting the process that’s gotten them this far (and maybe tweak a line or two).
Islanders and Hurricanes News
- In Trotz’s words, but the urgency is obvious. They need these two. No passengers (!).[Newsday | NHL]
- In their latest Islanders Anxiety, Mike and Dan S. process the frustrations of how the Islanders ended up in this 0-2 hole. [LHH]
- Of all the Hurricanes’ Game 2 injuries (van Riemsdyk: out for a while, Maenalanen: out for the series), Petr Mrazek’s prognosis is the best, at day to day. Ferland and Svechnikov remain day to day. [NHL]
- With those injuries, they’ve recalled a couple of extras just in case. [Canes Country]
- But backup Curtis McElhinney? Matt Martin played with him in Toronto and knew he’d be no slouch. [Newsday] He’s just the latest “next man up” to step in for the Canes. [NHL]
- Meanwhile: Martin helped Clutterbuck off the ice at the end of Game 2, but no update yesterday on the winger’s health. I would bet on Michael Dal Colle playing Game 3.
- The Hurricanes know that Game 2 wasn’t their best game, and they’ll likely need to count on more than luck to grab Game 3. [NHL]
- Jaccob Slavin is finally getting the attention he’s deserved for a while. [THN]
- A.J. Mleczko will be in the NBC booth for Games 3 and 4. (Brendan Burke is reportedly going to participate too, possibly on MSG post-game coverage.) [Newsday]
- Arnaud Durandeau and Noah Dobson’s teams will face off for the QMJHL title. [Isles Prospect Report] Also, that post previews Bode Wilde and Blade Jenkins in Game 7, but their Saginaw team lost to Guelph so their season is over.
Two games tonight as Boston-Columbus and Colorado-San Jose get back at it for Games 3.
Just one game last night. The Blues blew three one-goal leads but held on for a 4-3 win. If you’re looking for god omens, the Blues looked to their “undefeated on the road this postseason” record for inspiration and won in Dallas to take a 2-1 series lead.
- Ben Lovejoy on the Trotz-ian Blues last night: “I thought they had a purpose and a plan with every puck they took through the neutral zone. They were putting it behind our d-men and being physical, and really making us go 200 feet every time. They were methodical and they were smart and they didn’t beat themselves. That’s who they’ve been since they’ve become a successful team.” [Dallas News]
Maroon dumps Lindell in front and scores the go-ahead goal pic.twitter.com/Svtj8pNKqv— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 30, 2019
- Led by John Tortorella’s blunt approach, the Blue Jackets are “brutally honest” with one another. I bet they all secretly hate the cannon. [ESPN]
- Now that a little time has past...anything deeper to read in the Flames’ five-game loss? [Matchsticks & Gasoline]
- The Leafs’ Kyle Dubas said he wants Mitch Marner signed by July 1, but you can expect things to move slowly. [Sportsnet]
- They’re among several first-round flops facing cap pressure this summer. [My NHL Trade Rumors]
- For his part, P.K. Subban hopes he’s not a cap or “change the mix” casualty in Nashville. [Tennesseean]
- Ohio State women’s team members share their battle scars. [Athletic]
- Mario Ferraro of UMass is the latest to leave college, signing with San Jose. [College Hockey News] Here’s a partial list of several others who’ve fled NCAA for NHL deals this spring.
- Bobby Plager has been associated with the Blues since their expansion inception, and he’d love nothing more than to see them finally win the Cup. He’s beloved in St. Louis; the superstitions he’s wracked by during games is almost painful to read. [Athletic]