May 27, 2022

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Islanders need a reset for Game 2 of the Eastern Final against Lightning

Islanders need a reset for Game 2 of the Eastern Final against Lightning

Coaches’ Room Former NHL coaches and assistants focus their attention on the game during the 2019-20 season and explain it through the teacher’s lens. Rob Jetler and Rob Cookson provide insight into the rest of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

In this issue, former video coach with Philadelphia Flyers and former assistant Coxon with Ottawa senators and Calgary Flames breaks Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final between Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Islands and each team makes adjustments to the game in Wednesday’s Edmonton 2 8pm ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS).

Tampa Bay Lightning is relaxed, ready and ready for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final on Monday with the New York Islanders. They have a week off after eliminating the Boston Bruins in five games in the second round.

After a 4-0 win over Philadelphia Flyers in Game 7, Lightning knew they could head to a slightly tired team after traveling from Toronto to Edmonton on Sunday. The second round is Saturday.

Tampa Bay did the same.

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Islanders coach Barry Trotz and his assistants are very experienced, so I hope to emphasize their approach Wednesday to the Hub City and Stanley Cup finals for Game 2, the conference finals in the Best-of-7 series in Edmonton. Ability of their players to reset.

I suspect they don’t do a lot of video. They should be talking a lot.

The players knew they were in trouble. The message is to get back to the way they played before the post-season when they beat the Florida Panthers, Washington Capitals and Flyers.

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Perhaps the biggest thing islanders need to do is be more persistent and get the checking line against it Brighton Point Line, but also a pair of defenses as far as they can. Point (two goals, three assists), Nikita Kucherov (One goal, four assists) and Ondrage Palette (One goal) Combining them with 11 points in Game 1.

Video: NYI @ TBL, Gm1: Point Nets Second Target on PPG, Tip-In

When I was with the Ottawa senators, we used the center Jean-Gabriel Page To play with the point, and he did an amazing job, and he did an amazing job playing with the top players when we went and played the Pittsburgh Penguins in the conference final in 2017. If the islanders can play more against the line of the pagoda and keep the auxiliary cast around him strong, they should be.

The Islanders hastily conceded four goals. Lightning is the transition and the exit from their zone.

Lightning will not wait long when they get the position. They quickly get out of the defensive zone and if you see a lot of what Point and Kucherov are doing, they are already in the snow and they are under attack. The same makes it harder to play against them.

They have defenses Victor Hedman, Ryan McDonagh And Mikhail Sergachev On the left, and they are the primary puck movers. Lightning plays four defenders on the right, Kevin Shuttenkirk, Zach Bogosian, Luke Shen And Eric Cernac, And they mostly play a defensive-first role.

Video: NYI @ TBL, Gm1: Headman buried the laser for PPG

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I think the islanders need to get into the areas and create a situation that puts some pressure on the Lightning defensemen. They should focus on trying to get into the Puck Wars to undo Tampa Bay’s ability to easily shift from the defensive zone.

Lightning also scored two goals when the islanders were not doing a good job around their net. They allowed a net-front presence and they allowed pucks to enter the net from the blue line.

I reduced Tampa Bay to 23 scoring chances, with eight goals scored. New York have 16 chances and two goals, but it basically has six 5-on-5 chances. So it must be improved for the islanders to succeed.

The only person who played well for them Brock Nelson. He had four or five great chances, but the rest of the forwards didn’t make it big.

Lightning must be prepared for the Islands team to try to get inside more dangerously and get the goalie up Andrei Vasilevsky. New York need to take fewer penalties as Tampa Bay’s power play begins to heat up, going into 3-for-6 on Monday after struggling earlier in the post-season.

It will be interesting to see how the islanders recover. I think this game is crucial. If the islanders don’t respond in the way they need to, I don’t think this series will go well for them.

Going into Game 2 is hard, but Tampa Bay has real confidence and depth that was not there last season. Adding forward Blake Coleman And Barclay Goodrow to keep in line Annie Gourde It helped them and they were a little heavier on the back.

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People look back on the lessons learned last season by Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and I think those messages are at the forefront of the players ’mentality.

The big challenge for Lightning on Wednesday is that they know the Islanders are embarrassed by Monday’s result and are going to play well. Lightning should match the increased performance.