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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Florida Panthers

The Islanders go for their eighth straight road win.

Tuesday, 01.14.2014 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Florida Panthers

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.

LAST GAME: 
Apr. 15, 2013: NYI 5, FLA 2 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Panthers player to watch
Brad Boyes - Forward

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.
The Matchup
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

Goaltenders
34 Tim Thomas
30 Scott Clemmensen

Quote of the Day:
Calvin de Haan on Sunday's 4-2 win:
It’s good to have a team that can play the third period as their best period, whether you’re ahead or behind.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 53 31 16 6 143 118 68
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 TBL 52 29 19 4 138 123 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
8 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
9 NJD 54 26 21 7 120 122 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 49 15 26 -7 41
J. Tavares 48 19 21 -4 40
F. Nielsen 51 15 18 0 33
B. Nelson 51 20 11 1 31
M. Grabovski 51 9 15 2 24
J. Bailey 50 9 15 5 24
N. Leddy 51 3 20 -8 23
A. Lee 51 7 15 1 22
R. Strome 40 5 14 -6 19
C. Clutterbuck 50 11 4 6 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 12 11 4 .917 2.28
T. Greiss 14 6 2 .929 2.26
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