When these teams last met in the postseason, in 2015, the Caps shut the Islanders out on all 14 power plays New York had in the series. It didn’t hurt that in each of the last five games, the Caps had two or fewer shorthanded situations to face. The Cast of Skaters John Carlson set a career high in points (75).
Originally taken by the Caps in the 2006 Entry Draft, 23rd overall (one spot after Claude Giroux by Philadelphia), he played for three seasons with Washington, posting a record of 30-13-12, 2.39, . with four shutouts,and authoring a great postseason save of his own before he was traded to the Colorado Avalanche for the Avs’ first round pick in the 2012 Entry Draft, a pick that still rankles among Caps fans, and a second round pick in that draft.
Trotz and the New York Islanders will face the Capitals in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with Game 1 on Wednesday night. Like all playoff games in the Eastern Conference, the series will be held in Toronto because of the pandemic.