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Montembeault expected to start for Florida; New York has lost three of first four

by Jon Lane / Staff Writer

PANTHERS (1-2-1) at ISLANDERS (1-3-0)

7 p.m. ET; MSG+, FS-F, NHL.TV


The Game 

Sam Montembeault is expected to make his first start of the season for the Florida Panthers against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday.

Montembeault has a 1.58 goals-against average and .950 save percentage in one relief appearance. He'll try to help the Panthers win their first road game (0-1-1) after Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves in a 3-2 shootout loss at the Buffalo Sabres on Friday.

The Islanders lost 5-2 at the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday and are two games under. 500 for the first time since the end of the 2017-18 season (35-37-10).

Joel Quenneville (Panthers) and Barry Trotz (Islanders) are the two winningest active NHL coaches. Quenneville has 891 wins, second in history to Scotty Bowman (1,244). Trotz has won 811 games, fourth behind Ken Hitchcock (849).


Players to watch

Panthers forward Mike Hoffman scored the game-tying goal at 19:49 of the third period Friday to extend his season-opening point streak to four games (seven points; five goals, two assists). 

Islanders center Brock Nelson had two points (one goal, one assist) against the Hurricanes. The best month of his NHL career has been October with 46 points (25 goals, 41 assists) in 64 games.


They said it

"We'll look at the film, see where we've got to get better and hopefully come back [Saturday] stronger. -- Panthers forward Mike Hoffman

"I don't think we've been where we need to be exactly. I think we've showed it at times, but I think consistently we have to get better. It's just a mindset. Things aren't going exactly how you want to, you just have to dig deeper. That's kind of where we're at now. We really have to regroup here. We have another test tomorrow where we really have to bounce back." -- Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock


Panthers projected lineup

Jonathan Huberdeau -- Aleksander Barkov -- Mike Hoffman

Frank Vatrano -- Vincent Trocheck -- Brett Connolly

Jayce Hawryluk -- Denis Malgin -- Evgenii Dadonov

Dryden Hunt -- Noel Acciari -- Colton Sceviour

MacKenzie Weegar -- Aaron Ekblad

Mike Matheson -- Anton Stralman

Keith Yandle -- Josh Brown

Sam Montembeault

Sergei Bobrovsky

Scratched: Mark Pysyk, Henrik Borgstrom

Injured: None


Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- Mathew Barzal -- Jordan Eberle

Josh Bailey -- Brock Nelson -- Tom Kuhnhackl

Anthony Beauvillier -- Derick Brassard -- Michael Dal Colle

Matt Martin -- Leo Komarov -- Cal Clutterbuck

Adam Pelech -- Ryan Pulock

Devon Toews -- Scott Mayfield

Noah Dobson -- Johnny Boychuk

Semyon Varlamov

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Ross Johnston

Injured: Andrew Ladd (knee), Casey Cizikas (undisclosed), Nick Leddy (undisclosed)


Status report

Neither team held a morning skate. … Leddy and Cizikas did not play Friday. Trotz had no update on either after the game.


Stat pack

The Panthers have won their past four road games against the Islanders. … Florida leads the NHL in shots on goal per game (39.5). … The Islanders scored two power-play goals Friday and are 3-for-9 (33 percent), tied with the Montreal Canadiens for sixth in the NHL.

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