After a three day break, the New York Islanders are finally back on the ice. They welcome the Florida Panthers to the Barclays, a team they haven’t had a success against recently.
We’re only seven games into the season and the New York Islanders have already had three three-plus day breaks this season. They finally return home to face the Florida Panthers.
The Panthers are a team that the Isles haven’t had much success against recently. Over the last two season’s the Isles are 2-3-1 against the Panthers. Of course, there’s always that playoff series win from the 2016 playoffs to hang our hats on.
Coming into this game the Islanders are favored and rightfully so. The Panthers, just aren’t the same right now.
Goals to be Had
Over their last four games, the Florida Panthers have allowed an average of five goals against per game. That’ll happen when former New York Islanders goalie Roberto Luongo isn’t in the lineup.
In his absence, James Reimer hasn’t been able to get the job done. With a 0-2-1 record and a 3.91GAA and 0.870SV% Reimer obviously hasn’t been helping the Panther win.
The Panthers offense is largely doing their part. Over that same four-game stretch, the Panthers are scoring an average of four goals a game.
New York Islanders | Robin Lehner (2.59GAA 0.925SV%)
Lehner gets the nod for the Isles. The big man is proving to be a great shot-stopper for the Islanders in this short-season. They just need to help him out a bit more. If Lehner got some support from the defense the Isles might have a few more wins.
Florida Panthers | James Reimer (3.91GAA 0.870SV%) *unconfirmed
With Roberto Luongo out, James Reimer likely gets the start for the Florida Panthers. Like I said, there are goals to be had for the Islanders. The Panthers are a good team mind you.
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Prediction: My prediction for this games is a 4-2 New York Islanders win. Coming back to the Barclays after a not so great road trip against a team that’s desperate and might be “clutching the stick too hard” should return a result.