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End of the Road: New York Islanders Lines, Matchups & More vs. Panthers

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The New York Islanders long road trip will come to an end on Tuesday in Florida. New York will play the final game of a 13-game road trip that kicked off the season against the Florida Panthers at FLA Live Arena.

Tuesday marks the second time on this trip that the Islanders have squared off against Florida, but the two teams are entering in different circumstances than the first time around. The Islanders have dropped their last three games and have looked far from the team that they were expected to be this season and Florida has also dropped its last four games entering Tuesday’s contest.

The game will end a long and winding road trip for the New York Islanders, who have traversed North America to start the season and have had some highs and lows along the way. Tuesday’s game has become a bit of a must-win for New York, which is teetering on returning to Long Island 5-6-2 with a Loss to Florida.

The Islanders have been outscored 12-1 over the last seven periods of hockey they’ve played, but what has concerned head coach Barry Trotz has been the continued mistakes the team has made.

“It’s not necessarily not so much worrying about us not scoring as much as we’ve made some mistakes and we’re not cleaning them up,” Trotz said. “This is a game of mistakes and usually we’re pretty good at cleaning up mistakes or someone makes a mistake you got someone else sort of helping to clean that up. We haven’t been as strong fundamentally.”

The New York Islanders errors over the course of their previous three games have cost them including on Monday when they fell 4-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Isles are hoping that their tight-knit group can pull them out of the funk they’ve been in.

“I think we have a tight, tight-knit group that kind of recognizes and realizes where we’re at and what needs to be done,” Brock Nelson said. “I don’t think anybody here can say they’ve had an easy road or easy stretches throughout their career. Everybody has been through something that is tough and right now it feels tough for us. Just have to get back to the basics.”

The Islanders may be without Casey Cizikas for a second consecutive game. Head coach Barry Trotz called Cizikas a game-time decision and it’s unclear if Trotz will use the same lineup that he went with on Monday.

Ilya Sorokin is expected to start the second game of the back-to-back.

New York Islanders Lines (Projected)

Anders Lee — Mathew Barzal — Josh Bailey

Anthony Beauvillier — Brock Nelson — Kyle Palmieri

Zach Parise — Jean-Gabriel Pageau – Kieffer Bellows

Matt Martin — Casey Cizikas — Cal Clutterbuck

Adam Pelech — Scott Mayfield

Zdeno Chara — Ryan Pulock

Andy Greene — Sebastian Aho

Ilya Sorokin

Semyon Varlamov

Florida Panthers Lines (Projected)

Jonathan Huberdeau — Aleksander Barkov — Anthony Duclair

Carter Verhaeghe — Sam Bennett — Sam Reinhart

Frank Vatrano — Anton Lundell — Owen Tippett

Ryan Lomberg — Eetu Luostarinen — Patric Hornqvist

MacKenzie Weegar — Aaron Ekblad

Gustav Forsling — Radko Gudas

Kevin Connauton — Brandon Montour

Sergei Bobrovsky

Spencer Knight

How to Watch

Tuesday’s game will stream exclusively on Hulu/ESPN+. On the radio dial, the game will air on 1050 AM ESPN, 88.7 FM WRHU and 103.9 FM LI News Radio.

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