Here are some notes for those fans getting ready to watch the New York Islanders (21-16-5) play host to the Florida Panthers (13-22-6) in NHL action at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
New York will play in their final home game of the regular season tonight and enter with a three-straight winning streak against the Panthers while owning a 2-0-0 advantage in this season’s three-game series.
The Islanders earned a point for the seventh-straight game, but fell to Big Apple Rival the New York Rangers 1-0in overtime at the Coliseum on 1/13. Dan Girardi scored the game’s only goal 3:11 into overtime.
All about the D:
New York has allowed one goal in each of their last three games. They’ve allowed two or fewer in eight-straight games and in 10 of their last 11.
Isles with the Hot Sticks:
Josh Bailey has seven points (4g/3a) in the last seven games. John Tavares has six points (3g/3a) in the last seven games.
20 Assist Season:
Frans Nielsen has 20 assists for the fifth-consecutive season. He is the first Islander since Kenny Jonsson (’98-’04) to have at least five seasons with 20 assists and the first since Patrick Flatley (’89-’90 to ’94-’95) to have five consecutive 20-assist seasons.
The Islanders and the Panthers game is set to air on the MSG Plus Network, with face-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
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