|10:00 PM EST|
|560 AM WQAM||FSFL||IDK an abandoned Borders bookstore or something ||MSG+||88.7 FM WRHU|
|22nd||15.28%||Net Power Play Percentage||14.47%||23rd|
|9th||85.33%||Net Penalty Kill Percentage||76.82%||29th|
|16th||100.61%||Combined Special Teams Percentage||91.29%||28th|
|21st||2.81||Goals for per Game (All Situations)||3.44||2nd|
|28th||3.36||Goals against per Game (All Situations)||3.60||31st|
|21st||-.13||Penalty +/- per Game (All Situations)||.16||11th|
|20th||48.62%||Shot Attempt Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted)||47.92%||24th|
|22nd||48.22%||Scoring Chance Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted)||46.63%||28th|
|26th||6.86%||Shooting Percentage (5V5)||9.66%||1st|
|25th||91.70%||Save Percentage (5V5)||91.71%||24th|
|Data from Hockey-Reference.com and Natural Stat Trick|
|The Enemies' Lair|
|Litter Box Cats|
The New York Islanders are coming off an odd two games in the Pacific Division, one where they lost to the last place Arizona Coyotes and another where they beat the top-ranked Vegas Golden Knights. Tonight's opponent in the Florida Panthers are much closer to the former than they are the latter and should in theory be a nice test to see if they can't get a little momentum going. Unfortunately, theory doesn't check out well with this hockey club.
Much like their desert dog counterparts, the coastal cats aren't a very good hockey club. They're 27th in points percentage and rank 20th or worse in just about every even strength category. With that being said, their special teams are mediocre which is better than the Islanders can say and despite the lackluster possession numbers, they actually outrank the Islanders in shot attempt, unblocked shot attempt, shot, and scoring chance ratios.
The Islanders will get Casey Cizikas back on the ice tonight at wing. He'll displace Ross Johnston who scored his first NHL goal in his last game. The defense will remain the same.
Jaroslav Halak is back between the pipes after a stellar performance against the Golden Knights. He'll face off against Harri Sateri. Sateri is bloody awful and has the second worst save percentage at even strength of any goalie that's played more than a single game in the NHL this year - it would be quite devastating to the Islanders playoff hopes if they lost this game as it's almost a give me with Sateri in net.
Puck drop will be at 7:05. The Islanders get the MSG+ broadcast since they're home and the New Jersey Devils are away.
|Left Wing||Center||Right Wing|
|Evgeny Dadonov||Aleksander Barkov||Nick Bjugstad|
|Jonathan Huberdeau||Vincent Trocheck||Denis Malgin|
|Maxim Mamin||Jared McCann||Connor Brickley|
|Micheal Haley||Derek MacKenzie||Colton Sceviour|
|Left Defence||Right Defense|
|Aaron Ekblad||Keith Yandle|
|Michael Matheson||Mark Pysyk|
|MacKenzie Weegar||Alex Petrovic|