Brandon Carlo will miss his second straight game because of an undisclosed injury when the Boston Bruins host the New York Islanders in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Second Round on Monday.
Carlo, a defenseman, was injured during the third period of Boston’s 2-1 overtime win in Game 3 on Thursday following a hit from Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck, and was replaced by defenseman Jarred Tinordi for the 4-1 loss in Game 4 at New York on Saturday. Carlo has not scored a point in eight games during the Stanley Cup Playoffs but is second on the Bruins in average time on ice per game (22:30), behind defenseman Charlie McAvoy (26:47).
“I think he’s going on the ice right now,” Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. “Obviously that’s a good step if he gets back on the ice and has no ill effects. He won’t be in the lineup obviously tonight and we’ll see where he’s at tomorrow for Game 6 (Wednesday).”
Teams that win Game 5 after a 2-2 tie are 215-58 (78.8 percent) winning a best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff series. The Bruins are 18-17 (.514) winning a best-of-7 series that is tied 2-2; the Islanders are 6-6 (.500), including 1-0 this season.
Here are 3 keys for Game 5:
1. Short memory for Bruins
Cassidy emphasized the need for the Bruins to put whatever happened in Game 4 behind them.
“We’re not changing our whole game,” he said. “We feel we’ve played well three out of four games; the other game we didn’t play well. We were in it in the third period, and if we take care of some details, who knows how that one ends up?
“We’re not going to over-analyze Game 4 and tear down what we did the first three games. We’re going to try to park some of those things, expect to have more energy back home and get back to the level we need to. That’s it, that’s the message, and I think our guys understand that. It’s playoff hockey. You’ve got to have a short memory and always worry about the next shift and the next game and the next period, whatever the case may be, and that’s where we’re at right now.”
2. Don’t get fancy
Mathew Barzal‘s go-ahead goal in the third period of Game 4 was the product of a simple play: get the puck to the point, throw it at the net and look for secondary opportunities. The Islanders center was in the right spot in the left face-off circle for a rebound after defenseman Scott Mayfield‘s shot hit a skate in front of the net.
“I was pleased, but would I like to see more? Absolutely,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz said. “I think every coach would say more shots, more traffic, more of everything. I was pleased, but at the same time if we can get more, we’ll take it.”
3. More from everybody
The Bruins certainly could use a lift from their bottom two forward lines, but Cassidy wasn’t about to pin the Game 4 loss on any one area. He expects more from his entire lineup after Boston was held without a shot on goal for the final 6:18 of the third period Saturday.
“I think our Lazar line [Curtis Lazar, Sean Kuraly, Chris Wagner] had its best game the other night in terms of getting some pucks back, playing in the [offensive] zone a little more, harder to play against,” Cassidy said. “They were challenged to be more physical, and I think they were. They did a good job.
“As for the Coyle line [Charlie Coyle, Nick Ritchie, Jake DeBrusk], I don’t think it was their best game, but that’s OK. It’s the goal against [Barzal’s goal], I guess, that they needed to be better on. You’ve got to help us win. Not every line is going to score every night. It’s the playoffs, it’s hard to score. Do what you can to help us win, whether that’s physicality, penalty kill, face-offs, checking role, etc. All in all, Charlie scored a big goal for us at home here [in Game 1], so that certainly helped our cause the other day, so we do expect some offense from him. Game 3, Coyle and Ritchie each had a couple of good looks. … The other night they didn’t get it going, but to be honest, a lot of our team didn’t.”
Islanders projected lineup
Leo Komarov — Mathew Barzal — Jordan Eberle
Anthony Beauvillier — Brock Nelson — Josh Bailey
Kyle Palmieri — Jean-Gabriel Pageau — Travis Zajac
Matt Martin — Casey Cizikas — Cal Clutterbuck
Adam Pelech — Ryan Pulock
Nick Leddy — Scott Mayfield
Andy Greene — Noah Dobson
Scratched: Cole Bardreau, Kieffer Bellows, Austin Czarnik, Anatoli Golyshev, Simon Holmstrom, Ross Johnston, Otto Koivula, Dmytro Timashov, Sebastian Aho, Samuel Bolduc, Braydon Coburn, Thomas Hickey, Grant Hutton, Bode Wilde, Ken Appleby, Cory Schneider
Injured: Michael Dal Colle (undisclosed), Oliver Wahlstrom (lower body)
Bruins projected lineup
Brad Marchand — Patrice Bergeron — David Pastrnak
Taylor Hall — David Krejci — Craig Smith
Nick Ritchie — Charlie Coyle — Karson Kuhlman
Sean Kuraly — Curtis Lazar — Chris Wagner
Matt Grzelcyk — Charlie McAvoy
Mike Reilly — Jeremy Lauzon
Jarred Tinordi — Connor Clifton
Scratched: Anton Blidh, Jake DeBrusk, Trent Frederic, Cameron Hughes, Greg McKegg, Zach Senyshyn, Oskar Steen, Jack Studnicka, Jack Ahcan, Urho Vaakanainen, Nick Wolff, Callum Booth, Jaroslav Halak, Dan Vladar
Injured: Ondrej Kase (upper body), Jakub Zboril (upper body), Brandon Carlo (undisclosed), Steven Kampfer (hand), Kevan Miller (undisclosed)
Wahlstrom participated in the Islanders’ optional morning skate but the forward will miss his sixth consecutive game. … New York captain Anders Lee was on the ice at the end of the skate. The forward had ACL surgery in March and is not expected to play in the postseason. … DeBrusk will be a healthy scratch. The forward has not scored a point in five straight games. … Miller skated Monday but the Boston defenseman is expected to miss his sixth straight game.