3. Use Momentum to Win
The Carolina Hurricanes just finished the first round with seven games under their belt as the New York Islanders finished with four. Although the Islanders can be credited with lots of rest, they have not played competitive hockey against a playoff team in a playoff environment in a week.
The Hurricanes need to keep the momentum rolling from Game 7 and force a win here to put the Islanders in panic mode with not lots of time to repair.
For the first time this season, the Hurricanes also have road momentum as they come off their needed first road win in the playoffs. The Hurricanes need to run with this momentum and establish dominance in their first of two road games to start the second round against the Islanders.
The Hurricanes now know how it feels to break the hearts of a home crowd they play against on the road, now they need to channel it again.
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The Hurricanes as always, need to try their best in every game, but losing Game 1 should not be looked down upon as in round one, the Hurricanes lost the first two games against the Capitals and learned lessons from it and became better. If the Hurricanes can learn and improve their game from either a win or a loss in Game 1, it will contribute to the eventual series win they seek for to make the Eastern Conference Finals.
This is a series many of us sought for in the first round, now we have it in a later round; the second round. This series should be close and it will be an exciting one to watch, the Hurricanes and Islanders missed the playoffs for multiple years before making it this year and now they’ve made some upsets in the first round to meet up together in the second.
The Hurricanes can definitely pick up a win in Game 1, but it’s all a mystery until the game is actually on and ends to really figure out how this goes. The Hurricanes need to take the initiative early and use the extra three games of experience to their advantage to get the first win of the series.
Question for CC Readers: What do you think Robin Lehner’s weakness is, in net?