The New York Islanders quest to clinch home ice for the first time in over 30 years continues tonight as they take in the Florida Panthers. The Panthers are out of the playoffs and are dressing a roster that shows it. The Islanders clinch home ice with a win in regulation or overtime.
Thomas Greiss gets the nod tonight against a Panthers team that is playing out the stretch. Robin Lehner will get the backup. Samuel Montembault will start for the Panthers.
Thomas Hickey is in the lineup for Johnny Boychuk with no other changes expected. A victory tonight could mean for some fun on Saturday with Ross Johnston, Dennis Seidenberg and Luca Sbisa sitting in reserves. A victory here tonight would present the Islanders with the opportunity to get some players rest.
Game time is at 7:00 P.M. E.S.T.