Happy Weekend everybody! Here’s what you need to know.
Panthers drop game in shootout: The Florida Panthers were in town last night, hosting the Islanders. Florida and New York played to a draw after the first period. In the second, Brock Nelson gave the Islanders a 1-0 however the lead would only last a period. In the third, the Panthers were on the power-play and Jonathan Huberdeau puts in the game tying goal. The game went to an overtime, but again no one comes out on top. The game then goes to a shootout. All four Panthers failed to make a score. For New York, Brock Nelson was the hero scoring the game winning goal after four misses from his teammates. Panthers lose a meaningless game, 1-0, but still get a point for losing in extra time. New York gets a win in a tune-up match on their march to the postseason. Florida takes the season series though, 2-1.
Panthers vs Devils: This game will take place Saturday night. This game is basically for bragging rights as both teams will not be eligible for the top draft pick. New Jersey is without wing, Jesper Bratt and defense man, Sami Vatanen. Right wings, Kyle Palmieri and Kurtis Gabriel are listed as day-to-day. Whereas, Florida has no injuries. Puck drops 7:00 p.m.
-Fri. @ Minneapolis: Tonight, the Heat are in Minneapolis taking on the Timberwolves. This game feels like a must win for Miami, as Minnesota is below .500 and the Heat’s playoff lives are potentially on the line too. Miami is currently a half game behind the Orlando Magic for the eighth seed in the East. The Heat are coming off two straight losses to Boston. Miami will be without Josh Richardson. Waiters, Jones and Anderson are all listed as day-to-day for the Heat. Both teams are just 2-3 in their last five games. The Timberwolves took game one of this series 113-104. Tip off is at 8:00 p.m.
-Sun. @ Toronto: Toronto is currently the two seed out East. Miami has not played well against the Raptors this year having lost all three match-ups thus far. The last game, Toronto extinguished the Heat 125-104. Stay with Miami Sports Wave for Vice Jones’ full preview.
Marlins hit the road: The Marlins head up to Atlanta this weekend to play the Atlanta Braves. Miami is coming a three game series with the Mets, in which they were swept. The Fish look to get back in the win column against the 3-3 Braves. Tonight Pablo Lopez takes the mound for the Fish. He pitched well enough for a win his first time out. Kevin Gausman will go for Atlanta. Saturday, Sandy Alcantara goes to the hill. He is 1-0 this season. His opponent is Kyle Wright who was roughed up in his first outing. Sunday, Caleb Smith takes the bump. He pitched well last time out, however took a no decision.