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Florida Panthers vs. New York Islanders Preview and Predictions 11-09-2019


The New York Islanders saw their 10-game winning streak come to an end last time out with a poor third period, but look to record at least a point for the 12th straight contest when they host the Florida Panthers on Saturday afternoon. The Islanders coughed up a three-goal lead in the final 18:22 of regulation and watched Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin score in overtime to halt the second-longest winning streak in club history Thursday.

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"We played a good 40 minutes," Islanders captain Anders Lee told reporters. "We didn't stick to what we had done through this stretch here, playing that full 60, putting teams away and not really letting them have an opportunity. We've just got to play better. That's not the way we've been playing. We all know that, that's why it's just a little bit frustrating." New York entered Friday leading the NHL in goals-against per game (2.27) and will be tested against the offensively gifted Panthers, who are among the league leaders with 3.6 per contest after scoring at least four in eight of their past 10 outings. Florida has gained at least a point in 11 of the past 12 contests (6-1-5) after coughing up a 3-1 lead and giving up a goal 17 seconds into overtime in a 5-4 loss to Washington on Thursday. "If we're playing our best we can play against any team," Panthers right wing Brett Connolly told reporters. "We've just got to keep getting better every day and we'll take it from there, but overall it's been 15 games now, if we would start the season, we would take this record (7-3-5). We would take it the way we're playing. I think guys have a lot to be proud of."

TV: 1 p.m. ET, FS Florida, MSG Plus (New York)

ABOUT THE PANTHERS (7-3-5): Captain Aleksander Barkov has scored in three straight contests after going the first 12 of the season without a goal and is tied with fellow forward Jonathan Huberdeau for the team lead with 19 points. Huberdeau tops the club with nine goals after scoring four times and setting up two others in the past three contests and right wing Evgenii Dadonov has six points in his past six games. Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky still has an ugly save percentage (.878), but the two-time Vezina Trophy winner has gained at least a point in nine straight starts (5-0-4).

ABOUT THE ISLANDERS (11-3-1): New York continues to get strong play between the pipes while alternating goalies and Saturday's start is likely to go to Thomas Greiss (6-1-0, 2.00 goals against average, .937 SP) after Semyon Varlamov (5-2-1) played Thursday. Josh Bailey, who is one assist shy of 300 for his career, is tied with fellow forward Mathew Barzel for the team lead with 12 points. Center Casey Cizikas and right wing Cal Clutterbuck have each scored twice in the past two contests while defenseman Adam Pelech boasts four points (one goal) and a plus-8 rating in the past five games.

OVERTIME

1. Panthers LW Mike Hoffman scored five goals in the season's first four games and recorded one in the past 11 contests.

2. New York D Nick Leddy (lower body) practiced Thursday after missing the last three games and is day-to-day.

3. Florida D Mike Matheson was a plus-1 in 23 minutes, 1 second of ice time Thursday after missing the previous five games because of injury.

Prediction

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Last Injuries

New York Islanders

  • Josh Bailey

    Undisclosed
    Prob Sat | probable

    Bailey is dealing with general soreness, but it is likely that he will be available against the Flyers on Saturday.

  • Andrew Ladd

    Knee
    Ques Sat | I-R

    Ladd has been placed on the injured reserve list due to a torn ACL that ended his 2018-19 season, and it is unknown if he will be activated in time for Saturday's game versus the Flyers.

  • Leo Komarov

    Illness
    Prob Wed | probable

    Komarov has been activated from injured reserve after recovering from an illness and a neck injury, and he is likely to return to the ice against the Maple Leafs on Wednesday.

  • Casey Cizikas

    Leg
    Prob Wed | probable

    Cizikas has a leg injury, but it is projected that he will play Wednesday versus the Maple Leafs.

  • Nick Leddy

    Lower Body
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Leddy has sat out the previous two games due to a lower-body injury, and it is uncertain if he will take the ice against the Islanders on Saturday.

  • Jordan Eberle

    Leg
    Prob Sat | I-R

    Eberle has been sent to the injured reserve list due to a leg injury, but he is likely to be be activated prior to Saturday's matchup with the Panthers.

Florida Panthers

  • MacKenzie Weegar

    Upper Body
    Early Dec | out

    Weegar is sidelined with an upper-body injury, but he is likely to return by the beginning of December.

  • Noel Acciari

    Lower Body
    Prob Tues | probable

    Acciari has missed the last three games due to a lower-body injury, but it is likely that he will return against the Bruins on Tuesday.

  • Vincent Trocheck

    Lower Body
    Prob Sat | probable

    Trocheck is tending to a lower-body injury, but he is expected to return against the Islanders on Saturday.

  • Mike Matheson

    Lower Body
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Matheson is sidelined a lower-body injury, but it is projected that he will return Thursday against the Capitals.

new-york-islanders Stats 2019-2020

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florida-panthers Stats 2019-2020

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Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
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Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
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Player GP GS A APP ASH
Defense
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Shutouts
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
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Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS