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Florida Panthers at New York Islanders [game 51]

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After losing to the worst team and beating the best team, the Islanders are back against another bad team.

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10:00 PM EST
Radio Network Arena Network Radio
560 AM WQAM FSFL IDK an abandoned Borders bookstore or something
MSG+ 88.7 FM WRHU
League Value Metric Value League
27th 46.8% Points Percentage 55.0% 20th
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
25th 98.56% P.D.O. (5V5) 101.36% 6th
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
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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
Goalies
Harri Sateri
Samuel Montembeault