Gameday: Panthers @ Islanders, 4/17/16, Game 3

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2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Round 1, Game 3
Florida Panthers  @ New York Islanders
Series: 1-1, tied
Sunday, April 17th, 2016 – 8:00PM EST
Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY
FS-F, NBCSN, SN, TVAS2
Starting Goalies:
FLA: Luongo (1-1-0, .912, 3.03)
NYI: Greiss (1-1-0, .921, 3.05)

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Between The Lines

The Panthers are in New York for Game 3 with the series tied at 1 after Florida defeated the Islanders 3-1 on Friday night. Reilly Smith continued his goal scoring pace as he tallied his 3rd of the playoffs and proceeded to set up Nick Bjugstad for a sweet goal in the low slot. John Tavares got the Islanders within one of tying the game in the 3rd period, however Dmitry Kulikov eventually scored an empty-netter from the defensive zone to put the game away for the Panthers. Roberto Luongo started on back-to-back nights and was spectacular on Friday as he made 41 saves on 42 shots including the first 39 before the Islanders scored.

Greg McKegg and Quinton Howden were scratched for the 2nd consecutive game while Mike Matheson was inserted into the lineup in place of defenseman Jakub Kindl. Steven Kampfer was also out as he continues to recover from an ankle injury suffered on April 7th, however he is skating and is said to not be far off from returning. Vincent Trocheck, who fractured his fibula on March 29th against the Maple Leafs, didn’t skate on Sunday but is expected to do so on Monday for the first time. He’s been out of a cast and walking boot for nearly a week, so this is a great sign for the Panthers. Logan Shaw was recalled on Saturday from the Portland Pirates while Rocco Grimaldi was reassigned, so it’s expected that McKegg will make his playoffs debut on the 4th line with Wilson and Thornton.

For some more gameday coverage, check out this article recapping the first 2 games of the series as well as this one which takes a look at Lawson Crouse, Juho Lammikko, and Michael Downing who each made their pro hockey debuts on Saturday for the Panthers’ AHL affiliate.

Projected Line Combinations

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11 Huberdeau – 16 Barkov – 68 Jagr L1 51 Nielsen  – 91 Tavares – 21 Okposo
36 Jokinen – 27 Bjugstad – 18 Smith L2 86 Kulemin – 29 Nelson – 12 Bailey
26 Purcell – 17 MacKenzie – 24 Hudler L3 11 Prince – 18 Strome– 10 Quine
28 Wilson – 41 McKegg – 22 Thornton L4 17 Martin – 53 Cizikas – 15 Clutterbuck
51 Campbell – 44 Gudbranson D1 2 Leddy – 55 Boychuk
Kulikov – 5 Ekblad D2 44 de Haan – 3 Hamonic
56 Matheson – Petrovic D3 14 Hickey – 6 Pulock
1 Luongo – 35 Montoya G 1 Greiss – 30 Berube
Shaw, Howden, Kindl X Bernier, Boulton, Pelech, Zidlicky, Strait, Gibson
Mitchell, Bolland, Kampfer, Trocheck INJ Halak, Lee, Grabovski

Series Stats Leaders

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Smith (3), 4 players with 1 Goals Tavares (2), 4 players with 1
Jokinen / Kulikov, Smith, Bjugstad (2), 5 players with 1 Assists Tavares, Okposo, Leddy (2), 4 players with 1
Smith (5), Jokinen / Kulikov, Bjugstad (3) Points Tavares (4), Okposo (3), 3 players with 2
Jokinen / Bjugstad / Smith (+4) +/- Leddy, Strome (+2)
Jokinen (1) PPG  Nielsen (1)
54.29 5v5 CF%  45.71
8.70 5v5 Sh%  8.33
50.7 5v5 SCF% 48.7
 25.00  PP%  20.00
 80.00 PK%  75.00
50.1 FO%  50.0

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