By Billy Jaffe
The Islanders have been given a second chance to make the playoffs, and it's time for them to take advantage against New Jersey in their final game of the season. Here's my look at the key to today's game, which can be seen on MSG at 3:30. Pre-game show starts at 3:00 pm.
1. Find a way to win
There's no point in over analyzing the most important game of the season. The fact is the Islanders just need to find a way to win. They were written off at the beginning of the season and it looked as if there was little hope of them making it just a week ago, but the hockey gods have given the Islanders one final shot at making the postseason.
It doesn't matter what opponent they're playing, the Islanders have to do everything in their power to get it done. They've been saying all week they need to play like there's no tomorrow, and it could not be truer today. If they make it happen, it's off to Buffalo for round one.
Catch Jaffe, Howie Rose and Deb Kaufman at 3:00 pm today on MSG for the Islanders pre-game show. Islanders telecasts are produced by Kevin Meininger and directed by Larry Roth.