NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Monday, October 10th
(All times eastern)
Florida Panthers (2-1-0) at New York Islanders (1-1-0), 1 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Florida Panthers try to bounce back from their first
loss today when they visit the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.
The Panthers began the season with consecutive shutout victories over Atlanta
and Tampa Bay, but dropped a 2-1 decision to the Lightning in the back end of
a home-and-home on Saturday.
Joe Nieuwendyk tallied the only goal for the Panthers, while Roberto Luongo
finished with 32 saves.
Luongo, who was drafted fourth-overall by the Islanders in 1997, allowed his
first two tallies of the season after stopping 61 combined shots in his first
On the milestone watch, Florida's Gary Roberts remains three goals shy of
reaching the 400 plateau. Roberts, who signed with the Cats over the summer,
has yet to record a point with his new team.
Florida will host Boston on Wednesday.
The Islanders, meanwhile, began the season with a 6-4 loss in Buffalo on
opening night, but bounced back with a 3-2 decision over Carolina on Saturday
at Nassau Coliseum.
Shawn Bates netted the game-winning goal midway through the third period and
Rick DiPietro stopped 41 shots to anchor the victory. Miroslav Satan and Jason
Blake both had goals for the Islanders, who improved to 21-10-1-1 in home
Satan netted his first goal as a member of the Islanders. He signed with the
club after establishing himself as one of the NHL's premier offensive players
with the Buffalo Sabres.
New York will begin a three-game road trip Wednesday in Washington.
The Isles went 3-1 against the Panthers in 2003-04, and are 5-1-3 in the last
nine meetings overall.
10/10 10:31:05 ET