PANTHERS (1-2-1) at ISLANDERS (1-3-0)
7 p.m. ET; MSG+, FS-F, NHL.TV
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
Scratched: Mark Pysyk, Henrik Borgstrom
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
Scratched: Ross Johnston
Injured: Andrew Ladd (knee), Casey Cizikas (undisclosed), Nick Leddy (undisclosed)
Neither team held a morning skate. … Leddy and Cizikas did not play Friday. Trotz had no update on either after the game.
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.