"It's a good sign our guys are eager and they want to get back at," Islanders' Coach Jack Capuano said. "We had a good teaching day yesterday and certain guys skated. Today was a spirited pre-game skate, as it should be in our building."
Lineup decisions have yet to be made by the Islanders coaching staff, but Jaroslav Halak will be in net for the fourth game of the series. It would be hard to imagine that the coaching staff will make any drastic changes to the Isles' lineup after playing so well in Game 3, when they won in overtime 2-1.
The team is expecting another raucous crowd in Uniondale when they hit the ice at 7:30 p.m. Nassau Coliseum was as loud as ever during Sunday's Game 3 and the players are looking forward to it once again.
"[The fans] support this team better than any other fan base," John Tavares said. "The passion they have, the loyalty and the way they show it -- especially when we're on the ice -- is tremendous. We're looking forward to them being a big part of this again."
The Islanders will need to coming out strong and feed off the Coliseum crowd, like they did on Sunday, if they want to pull out a win in Game 4. The Capitals will look to make the Islanders repeat what happened in Game 2, after a dominating Islander performance to open the series.
The Capitals fell behind in Game 2, before pushing the Islanders back on their heels and eventually winning 4-3. A similar situation occurred in Game 3, but the Islanders found a way to put their foot back on the gas pedal and won 15 seconds into overtime.
Brian Strait says his team isn't going to let that happen again.
"It's going to be a lot like Game 2," he said. "They're going to try to make a push and we're going to have the crowd behind us, which is great. We're going to make a push earlier. We're not going to let what happened in Game 2 happen again. We came out flat in Game 2 and they just hemmed us in, and took it to us.
"We're going to learn our lesson in that matter. We're going to try to come out and bring the same first period we did last game."