Islanders hopeful they can feed off crowd at UBS Arena in Game 3

UBS Arena wasn’t Fort Neverros 2.0 in its playoff debut a year ago, with the Islanders dropping two of three home games, including a season-ending Game 6 against Carolina in overtime.

But that doesn’t stop them from believing and hoping that this year will be different. Despite the familiar circumstances of falling behind 2-0 to the Canes in Game 3 and suffering a heartbreaking loss in Game 2, it was the first time in a year. Previously, there was a game that Jesper Fast won in overtime, and Monday night, a game in which they trailed 3-0 late in regulation.

The deafening noise at PNC Arena on Monday when Sebastian Aho and Jordan Martinook scored within nine seconds to tie the score and take the lead was at least a reminder that the crowd can make a difference. It became a thing.

The Islanders hope to get back on track on home ice at UBS Arena. Corey Shipkin of the New York Post

And the Islanders certainly need the morale boost that noise can provide.

“When you have the crowd behind you and that energy, you can take the game another step forward,” Ryan Purock told reporters Tuesday. “And as a visiting team, we’ve got to fight that and try to get it back. “I think Game 3 will be exciting. Like their building, our building is full of life and we’re going to feed off that energy. I think you can.”

The optimistic and pessimistic take on the first two games of this series is that the Islanders could have easily won either or both of the games in Raleigh.

At least in that sense, they didn’t completely lose to a Carolina team that had a huge advantage.

Having an extra day between Games 2 and 3 to rest and get over the misfortune the Islanders suffered on Monday doesn’t hurt either.

Fans at PNC Arena cheer on the Hurricanes during Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoff Series against the Islanders.
Fans at PNC Arena cheer on the Hurricanes during Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoff Series against the Islanders. Getty Images

“Physically, mentally, everything,” Kyle Palmieri told reporters. “Today will be a day to reset and look at things. Tomorrow I’ll go back to work.”

Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said Tony DeAngelo will likely be in the Hurricanes’ lineup if Brett Pesce, who left Game 2 with a lower-body injury, is out Thursday.

Fast, who missed the first two games of the series, will not practice on Wednesday or play on Thursday.

The Hurricanes have yet to decide on a Nets starter for Game 3 between Frederik Andersen and Pyotr Kochetkov, who played in the first two games.

The Islanders called up Julien Gauthier, Brian Pigneault, Carson Kuhlman, Robin Salo and Dennis Cholowski, presumably to serve as the Black Aces with the conclusion of the AHL Bridgeport season.