In Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Second Round, which is due to take place on Sunday at Barclays Center, the target for Carolina Hurricanes is to take a lead when they face the New York Islanders. Before this second series, on Friday, they managed to save 31 times and score once for a win with their goalie Petr Mrazek and center Jordan Staal. In the next game, there are five key factors on how the game should go on.
Dominate the game early
If Carolina Hurricanes play with the way they did on Friday, and Mrazek can maintain his cleverness, we can expect that the New York side will start quickly. This is the way they can create for themselves some favors.
Take a good rest
Because of the tight schedule, the Carolina’s players face with serious problems related to health. Micheal Ferland, Jordan Martinook and. Andrei Svechnikov missed because of injuries.
Islanders must boost their power
For all seasons, it has become a problem for Islanders when they cannot manage to capitalize with the man-advantage. This is affirmed in the Game 1 again this season. Because this issue comes in as series, it is truly a big problem for the New York side. Their players’ power must be improved.
Hurricanes need to strengthen their defence
If the Hurricanes want to go home with a 2-0 lead, they know very well that they can never rely too much on Mrazek. Although in Game 1 they played well, it does not mean that they can be distracted in the second game. A clean-up in the defence is necessary at the moment.
Eberle will contribute with a better performance
Jordan Eberle, Islanders forward will return to play for his team the first time in 10 days. He is expected to keep the good performances with scores in 5/7 games he played before. He showed his belief in a better game when the mental and physical health are improved.