If the Islanders conclusion up getting to participate in postseason video games at Barclays Centre, this weekend’s victories above the Avalanche and Wild in entrance of spirited crowds supply some hope for achievement.
Late past thirty day period, The Post’s Brett Cyrgalis claimed commissioner Gary Bettman would decide whether the playoffs will be contested at Barclays or Nassau Coliseum. In the succeeding months, Nassau County govt Laura Curran and point out assemblyman Ed Ra have created letters to Bettman, lobbying to have the video games on Extended Island.
“I really don’t genuinely assume about that,” Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock mentioned. “The league is going to glance following that. The past two video games below have been quite total, but obviously the atmosphere at the Coliseum has been electric powered all yr, way too. So it is what it is, and we’ll just be all set to participate in where ever they place us.”
The Islanders are 11-6-2 at Barclays Centre and 6-1-2 at the Coliseum.
Soon after Saturday’s video game from the Oilers in Brooklyn, the remaining typical-period slate will be performed on Extended Island.
Barry Trotz coached from his glance-a-like Sunday, the Wild’s Bruce Boudreau.
“I know Bruce a little little bit just by the coaching associations,” Trotz mentioned. “But I do know when I was in Washington, most people was contacting me Bruce for the initially yr.”
Boudreau coached the Capitals from 2007-11, Trotz from 2014-18.
Cal Clutterbuck sat out his second video game in a row, replaced yet again by Tom Kuhnhackl on the line with Matt Martin and Casey Cizikas.
Two of defenseman Devon Toews ’ 4 targets this period have been video game-winners. … The Wild were taking part in devoid of captain Mikko Koivu, who is out for the period following tearing his proper ACL and meniscus, and defenseman Matt Dumba.
Thomas Greiss has stopped 154-of-157 pictures in his past five video games,posting a 4–1 report above that span. … The Islanders are 10-1-1 in their past 12 video games from Western Conference groups.