New York Islanders
The goalie rotation will continue with Thomas Greiss getting the start and pushing the Islanders rotation streak to 30 games. The top-line Ross streak also continues. For a fourth game now, Ross Johnston will lineup next to Barzal and Bailey. Against Tampa the big-winger picked up a goal, can he put up more production in game four?
Michael Dal Colle gets a shot at the second line again. At what point does that experiment end? Dal Colle just isn’t a second-line winger, at least not in this system.
As discussed Dobson takes Leddy’s spot next to Johnny Boychuk. The rest of the blueline remains the same.
The Panthers announced that they’ll be scratching five-year NHL vet Mike Matheson for tonight’s game. With only three points in 25 games, Matheson just hasn’t been up to snuff under new coach Joel Quenneville. For what it’s worth coach Q says it was a tough choice to scratch Matheson.
In net, tonight is Sergei Bobrovsky. After signing a massive $70 million deal with the Panthers, the two-time Vezina winner has put up some terrible numbers. He’s averaging a 3.19GAA and a 0.898SV%. If not for that powerfull offense in front of him there’s no way he picks up eleven wins on the season.