Boston Bruins – New York Islanders Series Prediction:
The New York Islanders, much like the Boston Bruins, are a well coached team, but also a team who prioritizes the defensive side of the game even more than that of the offensive. This makes them a very unique group to play and one that you don’t want to get behind against. As long as you can play good defence against this group and not let them take a couple-goal lead you should always be in the game.
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The New York Islanders don’t have many names that pop off the page when it comes to star power or skill level, but the teamwork this group plays with makes them a threat every night. They have sneaky depth and solid players at every position. Young goaltender Ilya Sorokin has shown he can be ’the guy’ in the postseason and has played lights out when between the pipes.
With the Boston Bruins being one of the better defensive teams in the league as well, this could be a tight checking series. The Bruins finished their season series 3-0 against the Islanders after their trade deadline additions came into the fold, but they have little exeperince with Sorokin between the pipes.
When it comes down to it, the Boston Bruins are a deeper team at every position. If they can figure out Ilya Sorokin early, they should have a good shot at moving on to the Semifinals.
Prediction: Bruins in 5