Islanders "-" Pittsburgh "| February 28, 03:00 Moscow time

In the NHL regular season, a match will take place in which the Islanders will host Pittsburgh. In this regard, three fans of the opposing teams, on the eve of the meeting, shared their views on the key characters and the possible course of the game.

Why should the Islanders win?

Gord Lane: The Islanders play at home in their beloved small and authentic NVMC Arena. Against Boston, the Isles extended their unbeaten home streak in regulation time to seven games (6-0-1). Well, we must finally leave the island of bad luck in the games against Pittsburgh this season, simply because it cannot go on forever.

Let me remind you that 12.2 in the game against the Penguins, the Islanders were leading 3-2 20 seconds before the end of regular time, but lost on shootouts, and 21.2 threw their rivals almost twice (35-18), won in the third period 2-1, but again the defeat at the end of the meeting. Given that the dispute for reaching the playoffs in the division is among five teams, defeat in such head-to-head meetings is very painful and now, instead of being six points ahead of Pittsburgh, the gap is only two points

Dollsoul: Because 3 out of 4 face-to-face meetings remain with Pittsburgh. This leads to certain thoughts. The Penguins are an uncomfortable opponent for us, the matches with them are extremely tense, but this fact only adds to the desire to see more confident play, high-quality pressure and the effectiveness of the main leaders. You need to take advantage of the many problems of Pittsburgh, because glasses are now worth their weight in gold.

Besides, at the moment, personally, I see no reason not to beat Penguins. With all due respect to the opponent. Beating the division leader Boston can be a great source of inspiration for the team. The main thing is not to lose the fight to ourselves (as is often the case with the "islanders").

Why should Pittsburgh beat?

Egor: I have already given this argument a thousand times, but I will quote it again - we have Sidney Crosby and his first link. This is one of the decisive factors in any Penguins match. Since the last battle there has been a reshuffle - Kasperi Kapanen took the place of the right wing (previously Brian Rust). Ideally, when everyone is healthy, I would still like to see Rast return to the top 3. Nevertheless, the Finn lit up in the match before last, not letting the defense of "Washington" breathe and scoring in overtime, becoming the hero of the day. I also think that to win it is worth returning the troika Aston-Reese - Bluger - Tanev; players interact well with each other. In the previous game, due to the injury of Zucker, Aston-Reese was forced to be raised to the second link and looked completely out of place there.

Islanders Key Characters (Strengths)

Gord Lane: The Islanders' strengths this season are the depth of the squad. Three goalkeepers: Varlamov, Sorokin and the red-haired Corey Schneider, and further down the list. In the last game, the third three attacked twice, in the game before that the fourth. Pajo, Lee, Sizikas, Eberle, you do not know from whom to expect danger, who will jump out next. This makes it possible to vary the composition and, most importantly, we remember that we still have a two-time COP winner in our stash - Andrew Ladd.

Dollsoul: This is probably the most attractive question for me in terms of this rubric. Well, who doesn't like writing about the strengths of their favorite team?

Semyon Varlamov. Not again, but again. I won't tire of talking about his role at the Islanders. Someone may disagree with me, referring to the fact that he is unstable, that he was once crippled by injuries. You can tell that his stats are by no means perfect. And I will not even argue with you, because today we are talking about something else. About how the team players treat him, about how Trotz speaks of him with admiration (this happens quite often). It's nice to see chemistry outside the ice, to realize that Semyon has become the personification of calm and balance for the Islanders. I just hope that he will continue to help us out in difficult times.

Islanders

In the NHL regular season, there will be a match in which the Islanders will host Pittsburgh. In this regard, three fans of the opposing teams, on the eve of the meeting, shared their views on the key characters and the possible course of the game.

Why should the Islanders win?

Gord Lane: The Islanders play at home in their beloved small and authentic NVMC Arena. Against Boston, the Isles extended their unbeaten home streak in regulation time to seven games (6-0-1). Well, we must finally leave the island of bad luck in the games against Pittsburgh this season, simply because it cannot go on forever.

Let me remind you that 12.2 in the game against the Penguins, the Islanders were leading 3-2 20 seconds before the end of regular time, but lost on shootouts, and 21.2 threw their rivals almost twice (35-18), won in the third period 2-1, but again the defeat at the end of the meeting. Given that the dispute for reaching the playoffs in the division is among five teams, defeat in such head-to-head meetings is very painful and now, instead of being six points ahead of Pittsburgh, the gap is only two points

Dollsoul: Because 3 out of 4 face-to-face meetings remain with Pittsburgh. This leads to certain thoughts. The Penguins are an uncomfortable opponent for us, the matches with them are extremely tense, but this fact only adds to the desire to see more confident play, high-quality pressure and the effectiveness of the main leaders. You need to take advantage of the many problems of Pittsburgh, because glasses are now worth their weight in gold.

Besides, at the moment, personally, I see no reason not to beat Penguins. With all due respect to the opponent. Beating the division leader Boston can be a great source of inspiration for the team. The main thing is not to lose the fight to ourselves (as is often the case with the "islanders").

Why should Pittsburgh beat?

Egor: I have already given this argument a thousand times, but I will quote it again - we have Sidney Crosby and his first link. This is one of the decisive factors in any Penguins match. Since the last battle there has been a reshuffle - Kasperi Kapanen took the place of the right wing (previously Brian Rust). Ideally, when everyone is healthy, I would still like to see Rast return to the top 3. Nevertheless, the Finn lit up in the match before last, not letting the defense of "Washington" breathe and scoring in overtime, becoming the hero of the day. I also think that to win it is worth returning the troika Aston-Reese - Bluger - Tanev; players interact well with each other. In the previous game, due to the injury of Zucker, Aston-Reese was forced to be raised to the second link and looked completely out of place there.

Islanders Key Characters (Strengths)

Gord Lane: The Islanders' strengths this season are the depth of the squad. Three goalkeepers: Varlamov, Sorokin and the red-haired Corey Schneider, and further down the list. In the last game, the third three attacked twice, in the game before that the fourth. Pajo, Lee, Sizikas, Eberle, you do not know from whom to expect danger, who will jump out next. This makes it possible to vary the composition and, most importantly, we remember that we still have a two-time COP winner in our stash - Andrew Ladd.

Dollsoul: This is probably the most attractive question for me in terms of this rubric. Well, who doesn't like writing about the strengths of their favorite team?

Semyon Varlamov. Not again, but again. I won't tire of talking about his role at the Islanders. Someone may disagree with me, referring to the fact that he is unstable, that he was once crippled by injuries. You can tell that his stats are by no means perfect. And I will not even argue with you, because today we are talking about something else. About how the team players treat him, about how Trotz speaks of him with admiration (this happens quite often). It's nice to see chemistry outside the ice, to realize that Semyon has become the personification of calm and balance for the Islanders. I just hope that he will continue to help us out in difficult times.