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New York Islanders vs. Florida Panthers

The Islanders open the 2011-12 season at Nassau Coliseum at 8 p.m. Saturday

Saturday, 10.8.2011 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Dyan LeBourdais
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Mark Streit
The Swiss defenseman missed all of the 2010-11 season due to a shoulder injury. His absence was felt on the Islanders blue line and top power play unit, but possibly more so in the locker room. On Sept. 21, Islanders General Manager Garth Snow named Streit the 13th captain in team history. While Streit hopes to help the Islanders return to the post season, the 33-year-old is just thrilled to return to game action. Quarterbacking the power play in his first two seasons, Streit is expected to return to that post this season.
Sean Bergenheim
Bergenheim, a former Islanders forward, had a steady 29-point season with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2010-11 and then exploded in the team's post-season run. His nine goals and two assists in 16 games put the free agent on many teams' radars this offseason, but when Bergenheim didn't receive a contract from the Lightning, the Finnish-born winger signed a four-year deal with the Panthers.
Tonight, the Islanders open the 2011-12 season at home against the Florida Panthers. Mark Streit returns to the ice, while six players on the Islanders 23-man roster will look to make their Islanders debuts: Evgeni Nabokov, Jay Pandolfo, Marty Reasoner, Brian Rolston, Steve Staios and Ryan Strome.
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Big Story : It's a showdown featuring teams that are hoping to reverse their fortunes this season, as the Islanders and Panthers finished 14th and 15th, respectively, in the Eastern Conference in 2010-11. Florida GM Dale Tallon was awfully busy this summer signing free agents, while the Isles sprinkled in some veterans and also have a healthy Mark Streit back on their blue line.

Team Scope :
Panthers:
Hoping to make a push for the playoffs, Tallon brought in several talented veterans in July to give the Panthers a stronger blend. The GM shared his thoughts on the season opener on Florida's web site. (Continue Reading)
Jeremy Colliton - Groin (9/23 at BOS) - 0 games missed (Out indefinitely)

Mark Katic - Shoulder (9/24 vs. NJ) - 0 games missed (Out indefinitely)

Rhett Rakhshani - Concussion (9/27 at CGY) - 0 games missed (Out indefinitely)

Trevor Gillies - Groin (9/30 at NJ) - 0 games missed (Day-to-day)

Nino Niederreiter - Groin (9/30 at NJ) - 0 games missed (Day-to-day)
Tonight's matchup is the Islanders' and Panthers' first meeting since March 19, 2011. Frans Nielsen scored the Islanders game-winning goal in the shootout and Rick DiPietro made 29 saves through 64:39 to help the Islanders defeat the Panthers 4-3.



Check out the Islanders depth chart.

It's expected that Evgeni Nabokov, Ryan Strome and Milan Jurcina will be the scratches as they skated this morning with Trevor Gillies (groin), while the rest of the team had meetings.

Panthers Lineups
Forwards: Fleischmann-Weiss-Versteeg, Booth-Kopecky-Upshall, Bergenheim-Goc-Skille, Matthias-Carter-Bradley

Defensemen: Jovanovski-Gudbranson, Garrison-Campbell, Weaver-Kulikov

Goaltenders: Theodore, Markstrom

Expected Scratches: Dadonov, Ellerby

Islanders Captain Mark Streit: "It’s been a very long time, a long rehab a long summer and a long training camp. We had a great camp and I feel really great about the team. Obviously, just to play the game again and be with the guys in the locker room and have that feeling is unbelievable. I missed it a lot last year. I had to watch a lot of hockey. Now, looking back, it's like the time passed so fast, but it was a long ride. I’m thrilled to get the season going."

Panthers Head Coach Kevin Dineen on Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano: "(Capuano), he’s a Maineite as well. He’s always been very assertive and we’re all really proud of him. As American (Hockey) League coaches, there are guys that you gel with a little bit, you exchange information and I think (Capuano) and I always were ones that kept in touch over the years. We couldn’t be happier with his success last year... He just came in here and said, “We’re going to relax and play hard,” and boy he sure had them going. They’re an assertive team, they like to giddy up on offense and we’re going to have to have our heads on a swivel to make sure that speed is not the deciding factor in the game."

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 53 31 16 6 143 118 68
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 TBL 52 29 19 4 138 123 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
8 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
9 NJD 54 26 21 7 120 122 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 49 15 26 -7 41
J. Tavares 48 19 21 -4 40
F. Nielsen 51 15 18 0 33
B. Nelson 51 20 11 1 31
M. Grabovski 51 9 15 2 24
J. Bailey 50 9 15 5 24
N. Leddy 51 3 20 -8 23
A. Lee 51 7 15 1 22
R. Strome 40 5 14 -6 19
C. Clutterbuck 50 11 4 6 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 12 11 4 .917 2.28
T. Greiss 14 6 2 .929 2.26
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