Florida Panthers vs New York Islanders
Where: Scotiabank Arena
When: Tuesday, August 4, 2020, 12:00 pm ET
We have a matinee Eastern Conference Qualifying matchup to consider for Tuesday when the Florida Panthers meet the New York Islanders for game two of their best of five series. New York took game one by a score of 2-1 and it’s up to Florida to slow down the Islanders or face an elimination game on Thursday.
Must Win Game fdr FloridaFlorida played well in game one but not good enough to keep a hungrier New York Islanders hockey club from outlasting the Panthers by a score of 2-1. Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau scored the lone Panthers goal and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 26 of 28 shots to lead Florida. Florida committed four penalties and allowed a power-play goal in the second period. The Panthers were 0-2 in power play opportunities and look to regroup for Tuesday’s must-win game.
Bobrovsky will likely tend to the twine and he stopped 26 of 28 shots and made some incredible saves to keep his Panthers in this game. Bobrovsky was 23-19-6 during the regular season with a 3.23 GAA alongside a 90 percent save percentage. The loss was Bobrovksy’s fourth consecutive start without a victory and Florida will need a big performance from their goaltender on Tuesday.
Islanders Take Game OneNew York didn’t exactly set the ice on fire in game one but they did enough along with some outstanding goaltending to take a 1-0 lead in their best of five series with the Panthers. Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored an opening period goal and Anthony Beauvillier added what turned out to be the game-winning goal when he connected on a second-period power-play goal. Semyon Varlamov stopped 27 of 28 shots on goal to lead the Islanders.
Varlamov will likely patrol the crease on Tuesday and he really came up big in game one, thwarting nearly every Panther opportunity. Varlamov ended the regular season with a 19-14-6 record with a 2.62 GAA alongside a 91 percent save percentage. The victory ended a personal, four-game losing streak and the Islanders are hoping for another big night from the Russian national.
- Islanders are 1-5 in their last 6 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Islanders are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Islanders are 1-7 in their last 8 overall.
- Panthers are 7-3 in their last 10 games playing on 2 days rest.