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Morning Skate Updates: Isles-Pens Game 4

News, notes and quotes ahead of Game 4 between the Islanders and Penguins

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The New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins play Game 4 on Tuesday at PPG Paints Arena at 7:30 p.m. Watch on MSG+, MSG GO, NBCSN, CBC, TVA2 or NHL.TV. Listen live on 88.7FM WRHU, 103.9FM LI News or online at Read the game preview. Check the game notes.


Scott Mayfield is, "fine" and likely to play in Game 4 per Head Coach Barry Trotz after taking a maintenance day on Monday. Mayfield was the lone player who didn't partake in Monday's practice. 

"Just a maintenance day," Trotz said on Monday. "He's fine. It was really my decision. He was going to come out for practice, and I said we'll just give him the day." 

Robin Lehner is likely to start in goal as Thomas Greiss the sole goalie at the team's optional session. The Isles are likely to return to the same lineup from the first three games. 

Video: Morning Skate Update 4/16: Barry Trotz


The Islanders have an opportunity to sweep their First Round series with the Penguins on Tuesday night. If they win, it'll mark the franchise's 10th series sweep and first since the 1983 Stanley Cup Final. 

The Islanders are expecting a strong push back from a proud Penguins team and know they'll have to raise their level to finish off the Pens. 

"We're excited for the test ahead of us," Casey Cizikas said. "We know we're going to get their best game of the year. We've talked about it. All the guys in here, we have a sense of what's to come. We're excited...We have one mindset and one mindset only and that's to play as hard as possible and to play a frustrating game."

Video: Morning Skate 4/16: In The Room

Anders Lee on the Isles hoping to score first

"I think any playoff game it's always nice to get the first one with all of the momentum and all that, but especially on the road. I think that would be a focal point tonight to maybe get the first one. The important thing is regardless of what happens there just sticking with it, maintaining what we've done and trying to move forward with our game."

Sidney Crosby on potentially facing a first-round exit 

"We know the position we're in and we understand that our focus and mindset has got to be to go out and win a hockey game. You can't get it all back at once. The margin of error is small, but we've got to go out here and win a game of hockey."

Barry Trotz on what it takes for a team to win in the long haul

"You win different ways. I think you just play to your identity. What you do is what you do and if you do it better than the other team that you're going to have success. There's' no formula. If you look over the course of time especially in the National Hockey League, all kind of teams have won. Teams that can stay to their identity and play that way usually have success."

Video: 3 Down 1 to Go


Despite giving up the first goal in the last two games, the Islanders haven't played much from behind in the series. They've only trailed the Penguins for 3:17 seconds through three games in the series. 

The Isles have led for 85:25 in the series, while the two teams have been tied for 95:55.


The Penguins had a full attendance at their optional morning skate after opting for a video session instead of practice on Monday. 


Jared McCann - Sidney Crosby - Jake Guentzel
Bryan Rust - Evgeni Malkin - Phil Kessel
Dominik Simon - Nick Bjugstad - Patric Hornqvist
Zach Aston Reese - Matt Cullen - Garrett Wilson

Brian Dumoulin - Kris Letang
Jack Johnson - Justin Schultz
Marcus Pettersson - Erik Gudbranson

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