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Islanders Game 23 Preview at Florida Panthers: Lines, Best Bets, How To Watch

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The New York Islanders visit the Florida Panthers to finish a three-game road trip tonight at Amerant Bank Arena. Here’s what you need to know before puck drop.

Barzal Misses Morning Skate; Expected To Play:

Mathew Barzal was the only player missing for the Islanders at today’s morning skate down in Sunrise, FL.

Head coach Lane Lambert said Barzal’s absence was merely due to maintenance and expects him to play tonight against the Panthers.

Bazal has had multiple points in each of his last two games and currently leads the Islanders with 23 this season.

Projected Lineup:

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Engvall-Nelson-Palmieri

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Romanov-Dobson

Reilly-Pulock

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Sorokin

Varlamov

Last Time Out

The Islanders gave up their lead twice in the third period to the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday but survived the night behind Mathew Barzal’s four points, which included the overtime winner.

Semyon Varlamov kept the Islanders in the game by stopping 39 of 43 shots. It was Varlamov’s fourth win this season and 63rd as an Islander, elevating him to 10th on the franchise leaderboard.

Islanders Survive Hurricanes In OT Behind Barzal’s Big Night

The Opponent:

The reigning Eastern Conference champion Florida Panthers sit in second place in the Atlantic Division with 30 points and a record of 14-7-2.

They’re winners in six out of their last ten games, including a 5-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.

Sam Reinhart is having himself a season, leading the Panthers in both points (28) and goals (15).

Anthony Stolarz is expected to make his sixth start of the year in goal tonight for Florida. He has a 1.99 GAA and a .929 save percentage.

The Panthers boast the NHL’s 22nd-ranked power play and 13th-ranked penalty kill in their second season under head coach Paul Maurice.

For more Panthers coverage, follow George Richards and Colby Guy of Florida Hockey Now

Best Bets:

Kyle Palmieri has seven career goals against the Panthers, including one on their starter tonight, Anthony Stolarz. You can bet on him to be an anytime goal scorer tonight by using odds presented by Draft Kings.

How To Watch:

Puck drop between the Islanders and Panthers from Amerant Bank Arena is scheduled for just past 6 p.m. EST. The game can be seen on MSG Network and streamed on MSG + or  ESPN+ for out-of-market viewers. 88.7 FM WRHU will produce the radio feed of the game, which can also be heard on 1050 AM ESPN and 103.9 FM WRCN.

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