Florida Panthers Preview
The 10th-seeded Florida Panthers bid to unleash their sixth-ranked offense on Tuesday afternoon when they play Game 2 of their Eastern Conference qualifying series against the seventh-seeded New York Islanders in Toronto.
The Panthers mustered little on offense Saturday during a 2-1 loss in the series opener, save for Jonathan Huberdeau’s goal early in the third period. Huberdeau, 27, led the team in assists (55) and points (78) during the regular season. Florida’s 10th-ranked power play (21.3 percent) failed on its lone opportunity in Saturday’s contest.
Two-time Vezina Trophy recipient Sergei Bobrovsky kept Florida within earshot by making 26 saves in Game 1 before falling to 11-19 all-time in his postseason career.
New York Islanders Preview
The seventh-seeded New York Islanders look to maintain their defensive intensity on Tuesday afternoon when they play Game 2 of their Eastern Conference qualifying series against the 10th-seeded Florida Panthers in Toronto.
Johnny Boychuk certainly would aid the Islanders in their cause, but the veteran defenseman’s is considered doubtful for Tuesday after he was on the receiving end of a hit to the head by Florida’s Mike Matheson in New York’s 2-1 win on Saturday.
Anthony Beauvillier, who was held off the scoresheet in all three games of the season series, made the Panthers pay by netting what proved to be the game-winning goal on a second-period power play in the playoff opener.