No surprise here, but Thomas Greiss
gets the start in goal for the New York Islanders in Game 6. Greiss is coming off a career-high 47-save, double-overtime win on Friday night in Game 5 and will look to help the Islanders advance to the second round for the first time since 1993.
Capuano did not divulge his forward lines or defensive pairs, so it’s unknown whether Ryan Strome will draw back into the lineup after being a healthy scratch on Friday.
“I’m not going to elaborate too much on our lineup,” Capuano said. “Greiss will be in net. The guys that played the last game I thought competed hard and that’s what we’re looking for especially against teams that are desperate.”
The Islanders know what a big opportunity they have in front of them on Sunday night, a chance to advance to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 1993. Everyone knows how tough it is to advance, whether it’s the homegrown Islanders learning through the pain of last season, or veterans like Johnny Boychuk who have won a Stanley Cup.
Not a lot has to be said in the room and while the Islanders technically have two kicks at the can to finish this series off, they want to take care of business in Game 6.
“No it doesn’t [come along everyday], but you have to take advantage of it when it does come,” Boychuk said. “They are a great team and it’s been a good series so far. We have a chance to move on today and we have to make sure to take advantage of it. It’ll be a lot easier winning at home than winning on the road.”
According to NHL.com, Nick Bjugstad did not travel to Brooklyn and will not play in Sunday’s Game 6. Bjugstad had four points (2G, 2A) in the first five games of the series. Logan Shaw will play center on the third line while Derek MacKenzie will be the fourth pivot.