Boston Bruins – New York Islanders Series Prediction:
Similarly to the Washington Capitals, the New York Islanders are a heavy team with sound defensive fundamentals and a top-six forward group that can rival that of anyone else.
During the regular season it always seemed like the Islanders had it out for Boston, who lacked any semblance of puck luck in the typically low scoring affairs. However, Boston went 3-0 in their final three matchups of the season and undoubtably constructed some much-needed confidence.
A key to this series will be to get on the scoreboard early and often. The Islanders are a team that plays far more confidently with the lead as opposed to chasing it.
Not only that, but when down a goal or two it does not allow for Islanders’ head coach Barry Trotz to deploy his patented neutral zone trap, which caused fits for the Pittsburg Penguins in Round 1.
Prediction: Bruins in 6