Round 1 Game 1 Preview 2016: April 14, 2016 vs. Islanders

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

Game 1

(WC 1) New York Islanders @ (A1) Florida Panthers

Playoff Series: 0-0

Season Series: 2-1 FLA


Islanders Defenseman Travis Hamonic is back in the lineup after missing 6 games with a knee injury. Hamonic will be partnered up with Nick Leddy. The Panthers come in winning 5 of their last 6. Steven Kampfer (lower body) is expected to be back in the lineup for game 3. Erik Gudbranson will return after missing the last 3 games with concussion like symptoms. The Panthers haven’t won a playoff series since 1996 the year of the rat. The Islanders haven’t won a series since 1993. The Panthers have two former notable Islanders who worked with the Panthers on their side. Former Islanders Defenseman, Winner of 4 cups with them and Panthers entertaining color man Denis Potvin and Former Islanders GM and Former Panthers GM, also the only Panther to have his number retired (93) Bill Torrey.

New York Islanders @ Florida


Game 1




Frans Nielsen- John Tavares- Kyle Okposo

Nikolay Kulemin- Brock Nelsen- Josh Bailey

Shane Prince- Alan Quine- Ryan Strome

Matt Martin- Casey Cizikas- Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy- Travis Hamonic

Calvin de Haan- Johnny Boychuk

Thomas Hickey- Ryan Pulock

Thomas Greiss

Jean-Francois Berube

Injured: Anders Lee (broken fibula), Mikhail Grabovski (upper body), Brian Strait (upper body), Jaroslav Halak (lower body)

Scratched: Marek Zidlicky, Adam Pelech, Steve Bernier, Eric Boulton, Christopher Gibson


Jonathan Huberdeau- Aleksander Barkov- Jaromir Jagr

Jussi Jokinen- Nick Bjugstad- Reilly Smith

Jiri Hudler- Rocco Grimaldi- Teddy Purcell

Garrett Wilson- Derek MacKenzie- Shawn Thornton

Dimitry Kulikov- Aaron Ekblad

Brian Campbell- Erik Gudbranson

Jakub Kindl- Alex Petrovic

Roberto Luongo

Al Montoya

Injured: Vincent Trocheck (foot), Dave Bolland (lower body), Willie Mitchell (concussion), Steven Kampfer (lower body)

Scratched: Quinton Howden, Greg McKegg, Michael Matheson