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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 / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Florida Panthers
The Islanders go for their eighth straight road win. (7:30 p.m., MSG PLUS 2, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM)

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 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
3 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
11 OTT 61 27 23 11 173 166 65
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 65 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 65 14 28 23 42
B. Nelson 65 17 20 7 37
F. Nielsen 65 11 25 13 36
A. Lee 59 21 13 13 34
J. Bailey 53 13 19 11 32
J. Boychuk 55 7 23 14 30
N. Leddy 65 8 18 16 26
T. Hamonic 55 4 21 16 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 1 .911 2.47
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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