Game Preview: New York Islanders at Florida Panthers
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New York Islanders
18-22-7 (43 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference) 11-13-0 road
Florida Panthers 17-21-7 (41 points - 7th in Atlantic Division, 15th in Western Conference) 9-9-4 home
7:30 p.m. BB&T Center Sunrise, FL
Television: MSG PLUS 2 Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring
Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM Play-by-play: Chris King; Color: Julian Coltre
2012-13 season series (3-0-0)
The Islanders swept the season series from the Panthers last season, winning all three games in regulation. The Isles won two meetings at Nassau Coliseum (3-0, 5-2) and took the lone game in Sunrise 4-3, as Casey Cizikas scored the winner at 12:55 of the third period. Evgeni Nabokov posted a 26-save shutout on Mar. 24 and was in goal for all three wins.
The former Islander faces his old team for the first time tonight. Boyes had 10 goals and 25 assists for the Islanders last year and has 12 goals and nine assists for the Panthers this season. The Mississauga, ON, native had a five-game point streak (3g/4a) snapped in the Panthers last game, but the former 40-goal scorer shouldn’t be taken lightly in the offensive zone. Boyes will shake a few hands before the game, but come puckdrop, it’ll be all business between him and the Islanders.
Islanders Storylines • Road Streak: The Islanders have won seven consecutive games away from Nassau Coliseum. • Seven of Eight: The Islanders have won seven of their last eight games and are currently riding a season-high four-game winning streak. • Tavares is NHL's First Star: John Tavares was named the NHL’s first star of week (ending Jan. 12) after posting 10 points (4g/6a) in four games. • De Haan: Calvin de Haan has a four-game point streak (1-5-6). • Comebacks: The Islanders have trailed at some point in each of their last five road wins. • Poulin: Kevin Poulin has won five straight games.
Islanders 18.9% (14th) 74.5% (30th) 130 152 8-2-0
Power play Penalty kill Goals for Goals against Last 10
Panthers 10.1 (30th) 75.7% (29th) 105 139 4-4-2
New York Islanders previous game lines Forwards 26 Thomas Vanek - 91 John Tavares - 21 Kyle Okposo 29 Brock Nelson - 51 Frans Nielsen - 12 Josh Bailey 40 Michael Grabner- 18 Ryan Strome - 15 Cal Clutterbuck 17 Matt Martin - 53 Casey Cizikas - 13 Colin McDonald
Defensemen 47 Andrew MacDonald - 37 Brian Strait 44 Calvin de Haan - 3 Travis Hamonic 46 Matt Donovan - 14 Thomas Hickey
Goaltenders 60 Kevin Poulin 45 Anders Nilsson
Florida Panthers previous game lines Forwards 14 Tomas Fleischmann - 27 Nick Bjugstad - 19 Scottie Upshall 20 Sean Bergenheim - 16 Aleksander Barkov - 24 Brad Boyes 11 Jonathan Huberdeau - 57 Marcel Goc - 82 Tomas Kopecky 21 Krys Barch - 15 Drew Shore - 12 Jimmy Hayes
Defensemen 51 Brian Campbell - 77 Tom Gilbert 44 Erik Gudbranson - 55 Ed Jovanovski 7 Dmitry Kulikov - 43 Mike Weaver