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Honoring Bossy, Gm 76: Lines, Previews & How to Watch vs. Panthers

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There are seven games remaining in the New York Islanders regular season schedule as their next opponent is the Florida Panthers. Puck drop is slated at UBS Arena for 7:30 PM.

“I think all the games remaining are important. They’re important for your evaluation of your players but also for, you know, your backbone and all that and I know this team has lots of backbone but, you know, right now to a lot of people it doesn’t matter. It does matter. This is the Islanders franchise. We want to win the Stanley Cup. We are about trying to get better, all that. So you know they are important, even though it’s not going to get us in the playoffs.”

“How we finish will hopefully be a indication that, you know, this is what we’re about, night in and night out here.”

The New York Islanders held an optional morning skate on Tuesday. Here is who was present.

New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz had only one update and that was that netminder Semyon Varlamov is available after missing a few games with a stomach bug. But Ilya Sorokin was the first netminder off the ice and will make his fifth consecutive start.

Tuesday’s contest is the first game back on Long Island since the passing of New York Islanders legend and Hockey Hall of Famer Mike Bossy.

“I would hope that they are extremely high,” Trotz said about the emotions Tuesday night at UBS Arena. “They should be. He is an Islander legend. These are his people. And I would expect an emotional arena today. He’s meant a lot to the franchise, to the fans, had personal relationships with some of the older players that we have and the players that have stuck around and live in that community. So I would hope it is a very emotional arena. today. And I know it will be.”

“You’ve got such a such a great fan base here that experienced those great Islander teams and that were a part of that stuff at the Coliseum. And then when you lose a guy, a player that was so important to the organization, so important to those Stanley Cups, it’s a sad day for the organization,” Zach Parise said. “I mean, you know, as a player you look and you see this is one of the greatest goal scorers of all time.”

“You see his name, you see his picture, jersey in the rafters and so you understand the impact that he had here on the island and with the team and again you feel for the family for what they’re going through right now.”

Former teammate of Mike Bossy and color analyst for MSG Networks, Butch Goring, will be back in the booth alongside Brendan Burke after missing some time after shoulder surgery.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS LINEUP (PROJECTED)

Lee-Nelson-Beauvillier

Bailey–Pageau–Palmieri

Parise-Barzal-Bellows

Martin–Cizikas–Johnston

Pelech–Pulock

Chara–Dobson

Greene–Hutton

Sorokin

Varlamov

FLORIDA PANTHERS LINEUP (PROJECTED)

Verhaeghe-Barkov-Duclair

Huberdeau-Bennett–Giroux

Marchment-Lundell–Reinhart

Mamin–Luostarinen–Hornqvist

Chiarot–Weegar

Forsling-Montour

Hagg–Gudas

Bobrovsky

Knight

ISLANDERS GAME NOTES

The New York Islanders host the Florida Panthers tonight, the third and final matchup between the two clubs this season. The last time these teams met was November 16, in Florida.

The Islanders return home tonight after a three-game road trip, while the Panthers visit UBS Arena for the first time in club history.

The Islanders have not hosted the Panthers in a regular season matchup since November 9, 2019, when Mathew Barzal and Scott Mayfield each scored in a 2-1 win. The Islanders have played eight of their last ten games on the road and are 8-2-0 on home ice since March 7.

The Islanders have just five home games remaining in the 2021-22 campaign.

BETTING CORNER

The New York Islanders are the home underdogs against the Florida Panthers, coming in at +170. They are -145 on the reverse puck line. The Panthers are -210 and are +125 on the puck line.

The over for the contest is set at 6.5, with the over at -120 and the under at +100.

These lines are subject to change. Please gamble responsibly.

HOW TO WATCH:

Tuesday’s contest will be available on MSG+.  On the radio dial, the game can be heard on 1050 AM ESPN, 88.7 FM WRHU and 103.9 FM LI News Radio.