Preview: Islanders @ Panthers, 11/27/15

Game #22
New York Islanders (11-8-3 / 24 PTS) @ Florida Panthers (8-9-4 / 20 PTS)
Friday, November 27, 2015 – 7:30PM EST
BB&T Center – Sunrise, FL

Projected Line Combinations

73 Pirri – 16 Barkov – 68 Jagr L1 29 Nelson – 91 Tavares – 21 Okposo
11 Huberdeau – 27 Bjugstad – 48 Shaw L2 27 Lee – 51 Nielsen – 18 Strome
36 Jokinen – 21 Trocheck – 18 Smith L3 86 Kulemin – 21 Grabovski – 12 Bailey
 42 Howden – 17 MacKenzie – 86 Brickley L4 17 Martin– 53 Czikas – 15 Clutterbuck
33 Mitchell – 44 Gudbranson D1 2 Leddy – 3 Hamonic
5Campbell – 5 Ekblad D2 44 De Haan – 55 Boychuck
Kampfer – 6 Petrovic D3 37 Strait – 28 Zidlicky
1 Luongo – 35 Montoya G 41 Halak – 1 Griess
Bolland, Thornton X Bernier, Boulton, Pelech
 Kulikov,Savard, Hodges INJ  Hickey

Top 5 Scorers

Florida Panthers

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Jaromir Jagr 8 9 17
2. Jussi Jokinen 5 9 14
3. Vincent Trocheck 7 6 13
4. Nick Bjugstad 7 5 12
5. Reilly Smith 5 7 12

New York Islanders

Player Goals Assists Points
1. John Tavares 10 10 20
2. Kyle Okposo 5 14 19
3. Frans Nielsen 9 7 16
4. Brock Nelson 8 6 14
5. Anders Lee 4 8 12

Expected Starting Goaltenders

Florida Panthers

Name Record Save % GAA
Roberto Luongo 6-8-3 .922 2.49

New York Islanders

Name Record Save % GAA
Jaroslav Halak 6-4-1 .921 2.04

Between the Lines

The Panthers will face the New York Islanders for the first time this season after losing for the 9th time in 12 games on Monday night to the Los Angeles Kings. After allowing the game’s first goal to Tyler Toffoli, goaltender Al Montoya was unintentionally run into by forward Nick Shore. Montoya sustained a neck/head injury but reportedly does not have a concussion, and the Panthers have not called up a goaltender suggesting that Montoya is fine. Aleksander Barkov tied up the game on the power play , but the Kings would get two more goals from Alec Martinez and Marian Gaborik to seal the deal.

On Wednesday, the Panthers called up Connor Brickley and Logan Shaw from the Portland Pirates and reassigned Garrett Wilson and Rocco Grimaldi. Logan Shaw has 7 goals in 13 games for the Pirates while Brickley has a goal and 2 assists in 6 games since being sent down in early November. At practice on Wednesday and Thursday, Gerard Gallant and the coaching staff shuffled up the forward lines by putting Brandon Pirri on the top line with Aleksander Barkov and Jaromir Jagr, while Reilly Smith, Jonathan Huberdeau, and Nick Bjugstad make up the 2nd line. The defensive pairings changed as well with Ekblad pairing up with Steven Kampfer, Erik Gudbranson with Brian Campbell, and Willie Mitchell with Alex Petrovic. Dmitry Kulikov is skating on his own, but is reportedly still about a week away from returning to the lineup, and when he does so, he’ll slot in for Kampfer.

The Islanders enter Friday night’s game having defeated the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night by a score of 3-1. Claude Giroux scored the lone goal for the Flyers just 4 minutes into the first period, but not before Casey Czikas tied things up with a shorthanded goal with less than a minute to go in the frame. John Tavares added his 10th assist of the season on Kyle Okposo’s second period goal, and Frans Nielsen tallied his 9th goal of the season with an empty-netter in the 3rd period. Matt Martin and Nick Leddy both received fighting majors in the 2nd period.

Tavares has points in 6 of his last 7 games including a three-point night on 11/16 and a two-goal night on 11/10. Jaromir Jagr has points in 6 of his last 7 games, Jonathan Huberdeau has points in 8 of his last 10 games, and Aleksander Barkov is on a 3-game goal streak with 4 points in his last 4 games. You can check out our evaluation of the Panthers at the 20-game mark of the season by clicking here.

Last Game Played

The Panthers faced the Kings on Saturday night for their 21st game of the season and lost 3-1 in regulation. You can find our recap by clicking here, and the NHL recap can be found below:


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