Game Preview: New York Islanders at Florida Panthers
|New York Islanders
12-12-3 (27 points – 4th in Atlantic Division, 10th in Eastern Conference)
7-15-6 (20 points - 5th in Southeast Division, 15th in Eastern Conference)
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.
•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.
Last 10 games
|New York Islanders projected lines
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
3 Travis Hamonic - 47 Andrew MacDonald
14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
2 Mark Streit - 4 Radek Martinek
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
|Florida Panthers projected lines
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
17 Filip Kuba - 23 Tyson Strachan
44 Erik Gudbrandson - 51 Brian Campbell
34 Nolan Yonkman - 47 Colby Robak
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,