Nassau Coliseum -- Uniondale, NY
TV: MSG Plus 2 Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM
[sny-box]The Least You Should Know About the Panthers... Former Islander Brad Boyes leads the Panthers in points on the road. He has 17 points ( seven goals, 10 assists) this season away from BB&T Center. Boyes has 24 points (10 goals, 14 assists) total in 46 games this season... Tonight's game will wrap up a three-game road trip for Florida. They have gone 0-2 on the trip so far, with losses to the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers.... Florida has a 1-1-2 record in back-to-back games this season and did not have a single set of back-to-backs in the month of January.[/sny-box]
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The Islanders have dropped two games in a row heading into tonight's matchup with the Florida Panthers.
It is a position they have been in before, so it should come as no surprise that there is no panic in the Islanders' room. The Isles have lost games this past week to the Boston Bruins -- a 5-2 loss -- and the Detroit Red Wings -- a 4-1 defeat. Turning the tide quickly is something that will be important to do in the second half of the season and the team feels they are fully capable of doing so.
"We have more experience, we have solid goaltending in net and added pieces," Matt Martin said. "Guys that are our foundation on the back end to go with the young pieces that we already had. It's a scary thing when you start losing. Each game becomes more and more important to win.
"You obviously want to cut these losing streaks down to a minimum and hopefully we can get back on track tonight. Everybody else is going to freak out about it, but I think we're still confident in this dressing room with the team we have and where we are in the standings."
One thing the Islanders will need to be better at to turn their luck around will be their penalty kill. The PK has allowed nine power play goals in the last six games and the Isles currently own the league's worst penalty kill.
For things to turn around, head coach Jack Capuano knows his team's special teams unit will have to be better.
"We have to get our penalty kill going," the Isles' bench boss said. "There's no question when we talk about it and our guys know. Up until the last five or six games, the goals that we've given up -- they've seen them on video. A, we win face-offs and B, we don't get the puck 200 feet. You've got to figure it out. You have to figure it out as a group.
"...I know we're going to get better. We were 92 percent in the 13 to 15 games that we played prior to the last five or six games. What did we do well in those games. They know what we do, so they just have to pick it up and don't even think about it. Just do whatever it takes to kill the penalty, end of story."
Jaroslav Halak will be back in net for the Islanders after getting Saturday off. The rest of the Islanders' lineup could look a bit different than in previous games. Capuano said that lineup decisions will be made later this afternoon.
Roberto Luongo will likely sit tonight against the Islanders, giving way for backup Al Montoya to guard the net. Luongo has played eight games in a row and was in net during Florida's 6-3 loss to the Rangers.