Islanders Welcome Strome Back In Florida: Pregame Report

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New York Islanders v Florida Panthers

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New York Islanders (11-8-3) @ Florida Panthers (8-9-4) : Game 23 of 82

When: Friday, November 27, 2015
Where: BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida
Time: 7:30 PM EST
TV: MSG + 2 (Howie Rose, Butch Goring)
Radio: WNYE 91.5 FM, WRHU 88.7 FM and WRCN 103.9 FM (Chris King, Greg Picker)

The New York Islanders did not get the benefit of enjoying American Thanksgiving with us all yesterday, instead spending it with each other in sunny Florida as they prepare to take on the Panthers for the first time this evening in Sunrise.

They had one additional plate set as Ryan Strome was recalled from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League, where he was banished three weeks ago for what was seemingly a lack of work ethic more than a lack of production (although that was prevalent also). To make room on the roster, New York returned Taylor Beck and head coach Jack Capuano mentioned this morning that Strome would also be inserted immediately back on the power play tonight.

That has been the Isles Achilles heel lately,  as they have gone just two for their last 35 with the man advantage, dropping them from the upper echelon of the league to a current 24th place standing, at just 15.9% effectiveness.

New York is only 5-6-2 over it’s last 13 games and have gone 4-3-0 over their last seven, including a 3-1 home victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday evening where they outshot the ‘Broad Street bullies’, 36-18. Their last road trip to California, in which they posted a 2-1-0 record, seemed to be a galvanizing force for the club and they are hoping a quick two game stop in Florida proves to be the same anecdote.

Florida are no push-overs and will not be defeated easily. They played step for step with one of the best clubs in the league, the New York Rangers, before losing 5-4 in overtime last Saturday and followed that up with their third straight loss, 3-1, to the Los Angeles Kings.

The Panthers outshot the Kings 34-32 but gave up an 18-4 advantage in the first period. They’ve been outshot 468-371 over the first 40 minutes compared to a 226-192 advantage in the final period.

“The first 20 (minutes) was real bad, and that cost us the game,” coach Gerard Gallant said. (c/o ESPN.com)

Probable starter Roberto Luongo owns a 3.08 goals-against average in his last five starts against the Islanders, while Jaroslav Halak is 9-2-0 with a 1.89 GAA against the Panthers. (c/o ESPN.com)

Jaromir Jagr leads Florida with eight goals but has scored once in his last six games. He has one goal in his past 11 against the Islanders. (c/o ESPN.com)

PREGAME BREAKER

Players To Watch

Islanders– Ryan Strome: Strome had only one goal and five points in 12 games prior to being sent down for a lazy work ethic. Even though he didn’t produce at a monster pace in Bridgeport, he was reported to having learned his lesson and responding with excellent practices. So general manager Garth Snow made the decision to bring him back. Let’s see how he responds tonight back in the lineup and back on the power play.

Panthers- Roberto Luongo: Luongo owns a 2.49, .922 on the season and is one of the most acrobatic and spectacular goaltenders in the league. He has struggled however, lately, and does not own good career statistics against the Islanders.

PREGAME BREAKER

Game Notes

Islander’s Hotline: Over the last seven games, the Islanders line of John Tavares (5G, 4A), Kyle Okposo (1G, 7A) and Brock Nelson (5G, 3A) have accounted for 25 points (11G, 14A).

Kyle Style: Alternate captain Kyle Okposo extended his point streak on Wednesday night to six games. Over that five game span, Okposo has a team leading seven assists. Okposo leads all Islanders in assists (14) this season.

Brock n’ Roll: Islanders forward Brock Nelson has eight points (5G, 3A) in his last seven games.

91 Special: The Islanders are 9-3-1 when John Tavares registers a point (6-1-1 when Tavares scores).

Overtime: Last season the Islanders went 13-7 in overtime (6-1 OT, 7-6 SO). The Islanders are currently 1-3 in overtimes this season (1-2 OT, 0-1 SO).

Under Capuano: Jack Capuano began the season as the NHL’s fourth-longest tenured coach with his current team. The Islanders are 176-154-48 under Capuano. He ranks second on the Islanders all-time list in both games coached (377) and wins (176), behind Al Arbour (1,500 coached, 740 wins).

PREGAME BREAKER

Lineup

Islanders (Projected)

Forwards

Nelson – Tavares – Okposo

Lee – Nielsen – Bailey

Kulemin – Grabovski – Strome

Martin – Cizikas – Clutterbuck

Defensemen

Leddy-Boychuk

de Haan-Hamonic

Strait-Zidlicky

Goaltenders

Halak

Greiss

Injured: Eric Boulton (lower body), Thomas Hickey (lower body)

Scratched: Jean-Francois Berube (AHL-Conditioning), Steve Bernier, Adam Pelech

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