Series (Game 2 of 4)

Florida leads 3-1

Game 1: Saturday, October 8th
Game 2: Saturday, October 22nd
Game 3: Sunday, February 12th
Game 4: Sunday, March 25th

Islanders 2

(3-3-0, 6 pts)

Panthers 4

(4-3-0, 8 pts)

7:30 PM ET, October 22, 2011

BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida

1 2 3 T
NYI 1 1 02
FLA 1 1 24

J. Markstrom (Panthers - G): Saves: 18, Save Pct.: 1.000

S. Matthias (Panthers - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

T. Kennedy (Panthers - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Islanders-Panthers Preview


New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano has been concerned with the lack of offensive balance on his team.

After back-to-back shutouts, Florida Panthers coach Kevin Dineen is frustrated by the lack of scoring from anyone on his club.

The Islanders visit Florida on Saturday night, two weeks after the Panthers posted a 2-0 win on Long Island in the season opener for both teams.

New York (3-2-0) had its three-game winning streak snapped with a 4-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Thursday. The Islanders took 10 shots through the first two periods before Capuano shifted the lines.

Before the game, Capuano expressed a desire to see more scoring outside of the top line. Through the first four games, New York received eight of its 11 goals from John Tavares (five), Matt Moulson (two) and P.A. Parenteau (one).

Grabner, who scored his second goal of the season in the third period Thursday, shared the sentiment.

"Everyone needs to chip in and play their roles, especially our line," Grabner, who is typically paired with Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen, told the Islanders' official website. "We haven't really created any offense in the last few games here. We all just have to pick it up and work hard as five-man units."

Nielsen had 44 points last season and Okposo added 20 in 38 games, but they've combined for a goal and one assist. Grabner led the Islanders with 34 goals and had 18 assists in 2010-11.

The Panthers got goals from Stephen Weiss and Jason Garrison in beating New York on Oct. 8. After Jose Theodore made 27 saves in that shutout, Florida (3-3-0) has given up 16 goals in the last five games.

The Panthers are coming off a pair of 3-0 losses, including to Buffalo on Thursday. They had 42 shots in those games.

"We're a long way from where we were four or five days ago," Dineen said. "We need to address that very soon."

The Panthers haven't helped themselves by creating just three power-play opportunities over the last two games after going 8 for 25 with the man advantage in their first four.

Florida ranks last in the NHL with four even-strength goals.

"We've got to find a way to score goals 5-on-5 because ... it's lost us games," forward Kris Versteeg said. "It comes with confidence. If a couple of guys get a good look, a lot can come from that."

While Florida will try to bounce back Saturday, the Panthers could again be without defenseman Ed Jovanovski, who missed Thursday's game with a hip injury. Forwards Sean Bergenheim (soreness) and Shawn Matthias (flu) are also questionable.

Florida is 8-0-1 in its last nine home games against the Islanders. Weiss has three goals and an assist in the last four meetings overall.