Late last month, The Post’s Brett Cyrgalis reported commissioner Gary Bettman would decide whether the playoffs will be contested at Barclays or Nassau Coliseum. In the succeeding weeks, Nassau County executive Laura Curran and state assemblyman Ed Ra have written letters to Bettman, lobbying to have the games on Long Island.
“I don’t really think about that,” Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock said. “The league is going to look after that. The last two games here have been pretty full, but obviously the atmosphere at the Coliseum has been electric all year, too. So it is what it is, and we’ll just be ready to play wherever they put us.”
The Islanders are 11-6-2 at Barclays Center and 6-1-2 at the Coliseum.
After Saturday’s game against the Oilers in Brooklyn, the remaining regular-season slate will be played on Long Island.
Barry Trotz coached against his look-a-like Sunday, the Wild’s Bruce Boudreau.
“I know Bruce a little bit just through the coaching associations,” Trotz said. “But I do know when I was in Washington, everybody was calling me Bruce for the first year.”
Boudreau coached the Capitals from 2007-11, Trotz from 2014-18.
Cal Clutterbuck sat out his second game in a row, replaced again by Tom Kuhnhackl on the line with Matt Martin and Casey Cizikas.
Two of defenseman Devon Toews ’ four goals this season have been game-winners. … The Wild were playing without captain Mikko Koivu, who is out for the season after tearing his right ACL and meniscus, and defenseman Matt Dumba.
Thomas Greiss has stopped 154-of-157 shots in his last five games,posting a 4-0-1 record over that span. … The Islanders are 10-1-1 in their past 12 games against Western Conference teams.