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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Florida Panthers

Saturday, 03.16.2013 / 12:00 AM / News
By Travis Betts
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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Florida Panthers
Islanders conclude three-game road trip against the Florida Panthers
New York Islanders
12-12-3 (27 points – 4th in Atlantic Division, 10th in Eastern Conference)
7-4-1 road
Florida Panthers
7-15-6 (20 points - 5th in Southeast Division, 15th in Eastern Conference)
4-7-5 home
7:30 p.m.
BB&T Center
Sunrise, FL
 
 
Television: MSG+
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (2011-12)
The Islanders went 1-3-0 against the Panthers last season, but won the final matchup 3-2 on March 25 in a shootout. Kyle Okposo scored the game-tying goal in the third period, and Frans Nielsen was the only player to score in the shootout. Evgeni Nabokov stopped 33 shots in the win.

The Islanders and Panthers will meet twice more this season.

Mar. 25, 2012: NYI 3, FLA 2 (SO) - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Panthers player to watch
Jonathan Huberdeau - Center

The third-overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft leads the Panthers with 12 goals and is tied for the club lead with 17 points. Huberdeau has three multi-goal games in his first NHL season. In his last season of junior hockey in 2011-12, the Saint-Jerome, QC native posted 72 points (30 goals, 42 assists) in 37 games.
 
 
 
Islanders Storylines
•John Tavares has 232 career points, 56 more than any other player selected in the 2009 NHL Draft.
•The Islanders are 8-2-3 when scoring first and 7-1-1 when leading after two periods.
•The Islanders have 15 points in their first 12 road games, matching their most in the last 24 seasons.
•Evgeni Nabokov made 18 saves Thursday at Tampa Bay to record his 54th career shutout.
The Matchup
Islanders
23.8% (24/101)
80.6% (75/93)
79
88
5-3-2
 
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games
 
  
Panthers
16.0% (16/100)
73.3% (66/90)
67
105
2-6-2
 
  
New York Islanders projected lines
Forwards
26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes
12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen – 21 Kyle Okposo
6 Jesse Joensuu - 16 Marty Reasoner – 10 Keith Aucoin
17 Matt Martin - 53 Casey Cizikas – 13 Colin McDonald

Defensemen
3 Travis Hamonic - 47 Andrew MacDonald
14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
2 Mark Streit - 4 Radek Martinek

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin

 
 
 
 
Florida Panthers projected lines
Forwards
14 Tomas Fleischmann - 57 Marcel Goc - 82 Tomas Kopecky
52 Jonathan Rheault - 18 Shawn Matthias - 12 Jack Skille
88 Peter Mueller - 11 Jonathan Huberdeau - 15 Drew Shore
25 Jerred Smithson - 13 Mike Santorelli - 22 George Parros

Defensemen
17 Filip Kuba - 23 Tyson Strachan
44 Erik Gudbrandson - 51 Brian Campbell
34 Nolan Yonkman - 47 Colby Robak

Goaltenders
35 Jacob Markstrom
30 Scott Clemmensen

Quote of the Day

"It’s another two big points for us. It seems like every game from here on out is important. It seems like every game is going into overtime and teams are getting points everywhere. It’s crucial to get the points and get on a roll here."
 
 

Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald,
on Thursday's 2-0 win at Tampa Bay

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 64 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 64 14 27 22 41
B. Nelson 64 17 19 7 36
F. Nielsen 64 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 58 20 13 13 33
J. Bailey 52 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 54 7 23 16 30
N. Leddy 64 8 18 15 26
T. Hamonic 54 4 21 15 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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