The question has been answered: Atlantic Division champion Florida will take on the New York Islanders, who finished the season with the first Wild Card berth in the Eastern Conference Sunday night. This will be the first meeting between the two clubs in the postseason.
Against the Isles in 2015-16, the Panthers were 2-1-0: 3-2 (SO) on November 27, 5-1 on December 15, and 2-3 (it was ugly) on March 14. Overall the Cats are 45-29-8 vs NYI; 24-11-6-0-3 141/125 in SoFla & 21-18-2-2-3 125/119 in the Empire State. None of that matters much now. Onward...
Series schedule, start times & TV networks (Update: FOX Sports Florida will carry each game locally):
- GAME 1: April 14 (THU) - NYI at FLA 8:00 - FS-FLA, CNBC, Sportsnet, TVA
- GAME 2: April 15 (FRI) - NYI at FLA 7:30 - FS-FLA, NHLN, SN360, TVA
- GAME 3: April 17 (SUN) - FLA at NYI 8:00 - FS-FLA, NBCSN, Sportsnet, TVA
- GAME 4: April 20 (WED) - FLA at NYI 8:00 - FS-FLA, USA, Sportsnet, TVA
- GAME 5: April 22 (FRI) - NYI at FLA (times/FS-FLA; other networks TBD)
- GAME 6: April 24 (SUN) - FLA at NYI (times/FS-FLA; other networks TBD)
- GAME 7: April 26 (TUE) - NYI at FLA (times/FS-FLA; other networks TBD)
Yeah we're pretty stoked on this end. Do be sure to say hi to Dominik and our longtime pals at Lighthouse Hockey, who have the Brooklyn end of this series covered like no other.
Cats are in the postseason! Did you see this 8 months ago?