It’s a battle of Eastern Conference teams on the ice in the Big Apple. The Florida Panthers are on the road as they make the trip to face the New York Islanders Saturday afternoon. Florida was upended 5-4 in overtime at home by Washington Thursday night in their previous contest. New York saw their 10-game win streak come to an end as they fell 4-3 in overtime Thursday night. The teams have split the last eight meetings with New York claiming the last two, including a 3-2 shootout victory at home in the first matchup this season on October 12.
Florida Panthers Look to Get Back in Win ColumnFlorida had their chances but ended up falling short in overtime against Washington in their last contest. The Panthers now hope to bounce back and earn two points on the road in this one as they head to the Big Apple. Florida is 5h in the league in scoring as they average 3.60 goals per contest this season. The Panthers have had their issues defensively, ranking 25th by allowing 3.53 goals per contest. Florida in tied for 10th in power play success as they convert 21.7 percent of their chances with the man advantage this season. The Panthers are 9th in penalty killing as they successfully navigate 85 percent of their shorthanded situations on the year.
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The Panthers were unable to contain the Washington offensive attack and it ended up costing them a point in the standings. Florida owned an 11-7 edge in shots in the opening period and took a 2-1 lead to the dressing room. After falling behind 25 seconds into the game, Frank Vatrano tied the game with an unassisted marker, his fourth of the season, at 1:55 of the period. Later in the period, Brett Connolly scored his sixth of the year at 14:26 off assists from Anton Stralman and Brian Boyle to give Florida the one-goal edge. In the second period, Florida held a 13-10 edge in shots with both teams scoring twice, leaving them with a one-goal lead. Aleksander Barkov gave the Panthers a 3-1 lead at the 27 second mark off an assist from Evgenii Dadonov. After Washington scored twice to tie the game, Dadonov scored his seventh on the year, on the power play, at 18:59, off assists from Jonathan Huberdeau and Barkov to restore the one-goal edge for Florida. In the final period, the Panthers were outshot 13-11 and outscored 1-0 to send the game to overtime. In the extra session, the shots were even at one with Washington scoring the game winning goal. Sergei Bobrovsky made 26 saves in the loss as Florida held a 36-31 edge in shots in the game. He is expected to get the start in net in this contest.
New York Islanders Try to Start New Win StreakNew York was unable to extend their win streak to 11 as they were knocked off in overtime by Pittsburgh at home Thursday night. The Islanders hope to bounce back in this one and get a new win streak going here. New York is 15th in the league in goals for as they average 3.07 goals per contest this season. The Islanders are 1st in goals against by allowing 2.27 goals per game this year. New York is tied for 15th on the power play as they convert 20 percent of their chances with the man advantage. The Islanders are 7th in the league in penalty killing as they have successfully handled 86 percent of their shorthanded situations this season.
For 40 minutes, the Islanders had everything going their way as they looked for an 11th straight victory. Things then fell apart and it ended up turning into a defeat. In the opening period, New York were outshot 11-8 but skated off with a 1-0 advantage on the scoreboard. Casey Cizikas opened the scoring 19 seconds into the game with his second of the year off assists from Michael Dal Colle and Ryan Pulock. In the second period, the Islanders were outshot 11-8 but outscored Pittsburgh 2-0 to open a 3-0 advantage after 40 minutes. Cal Clutterbuck made it a 2-0 game with his second of the year, shorthanded, at 6:28 off assists from Cizikas and Adam Pelech. At the 9:26 mark, Pelech scored his first of the year off assists from Mathew Barzal and Anders Lee to make it a 3-0 game. The third period saw the Islanders were outshot 11-6 and outscored 3-0 to end up in overtime. In the extra session, the Islanders were outshot 2-1 and gave up the winning goal to end up on the short end. Semyon Varlamov made 35 saves in the loss as the Islanders were outshot 39-23 in the game. Thomas Greiss is expected to get the call in net here.
The top trends for this contest, according to Oddsshark.com:
- Panthers are 3-8 in their last 11 against teams from the Metropolitan Division
- Islanders are 10-0-1 in their last 11 overall
- Islanders are 6-0-1 in their last seven at home