The Panthers and new coach Joel Quenneville will make their only trip to Long Island of the season tonight when the puck drops at the Coliseum at 7:00 p.m. (the Islanders host them against next month, but that will be at Barclays Center).
Florida’s only win of the season came in the home half of a home-and-home with the Lightning last Saturday; they forced overtime late in their game last night with Sabres, but lost in the shootout. Sergei Bobrovsky went last night, so tonight, the Islanders will throw pucks at Samuel Montembault, whom they saw in the second-to-last game last season.
The Islanders will put Semyon Varlamov in net tonight, as Thomas Greiss manned the crease in the first half of the back-to-back last night against the Hurricanes.
If the Isles are going to get back on track tonight, they’ll need to do it again without Casey Cizikas and potentially Nick Leddy.
#Isles Barry Trotz said D Nick Leddy, who missed last night's game, will take warmups and be a game-time decision. C Casey Cizikas will miss a second straight game.— Andrew Gross (@AGrossNewsday) October 12, 2019
Re: #Isles C Casey Cizikas - Barry Trotz said he aggravated what sounds like a muscle issue in the last preseason game. Isles are now going to wait for Cizikas to get to 100 percent. Trotz said every time Cizikas plays, he re-aggravates the problem.— Andrew Gross (@AGrossNewsday) October 12, 2019
No word on who would come out of the lineup if Nick Leddy is able to go. I would guess Noah Dobson, but I don’t know anything.
Barry Trotz also indicated he may be inclined to change up the stale forward lines. Sounds like the personnel is going to be the same as last night, though.
It’s Alumni Night, so hopefully the current team doesn’t embarrass its former members! Although many of the names on this list were part of much, much worse iterations of the Islanders.
Last chance at FIGs before the puck drops. I don’t know what kind of ceremony they’re putting on tonight, if any, but the scheduled game time is 7:00 p.m.