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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Panthers

The Islanders host the Panthers in matinee action.

Sunday, 03.2.2014 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Panthers

New York Islanders
23-31-8 (54 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
9-15-8 home
Florida Panthers
22-31-7 (51 points - 7th in Atlantic Division, 15th in Eastern Conference)
11-18-3 road
3:00  p.m.
Nassau Coliseum
Uniondale, NY
 

Television: MSG PLUS
Play-by-play:
Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News Radio 103.9 FM
Play-by-play: Chris King
Islanders Storylines
Nilsson Recalled: Anders Nilsson was recalled by the Islanders on Saturday morning. The Swedish goalie made 15 saves in relief of Evgeni Nabokov Saturday afternoon against the Devils.
• Bounce Back: The Islanders are looking to bounce back from a 6-1 loss Saturday against the Devils. 
Nielsen/Martin: Frans Nielsen and Matt Martin are currently listed as day-to-day.
Hamonic Suspended: Travis Hamonic will miss today's game while serving a one-game suspension for instigating.
Panthers Storylines
• First Visit:
Brad Boyes and the Panthers visit Nassau Coliseum for the first time this season. Boyes had 35 points (10 goals, 25 assists) in 48 games for the Islanders last season. 
Early Holes: The Panthers have trailed 2-0 at some point in each of their past two games.
• Bounce Back:
The Panthers are looking to bounce back from a 6-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday afternoon.
•Leading Scorers: Boyes (17 goals, 11 assists) and Scottie Upshall (10 goals, 17 assists) lead the Panthers.
Islanders player to watch
Kyle Okposo - Forward

Kyle Okposo scored the Islanders lone goal on Saturday afternoon, deflecting his 25th of the season past future Hall-of-Famer Martin Brodeur. The Islanders assistant captain is having a career-year, setting new highs in goals, assists (35) and points (60). Okposo is second in team scoring and seventh on the NHL leaderboard. The hard-nosed winger is the Isles top offensive threat in the absence of John Tavares.
Panthers player to watch
Brian Campbell - Defense

Brian Campbell anchors the Panthers back end, playing 27:39 TOI per game while leading all Panthers defensemen with 26 points (five goals, 21 assists). Campbell has been a reliable offensive defenseman during his NHL tenure, having scored over 40 points in six of the last eight full seasons. Campbell posted a career-high 62 points (eight goals, 54 assists) in 2007-08, as well as 53 points (four goals, 49 assists) in 2011-12 in his first season with the Panthers. 
2013-14 season series (0-1-0)

The Islanders had their seven-game road winning streak snapped by the Panthers when the teams met on Jan. 14. The Panthers scored three first-period goals en route to a 4-0 lead. Thomas Vanek and Colin McDonald scored for the Islanders, but Tim Thomas made 14 saves in the third period to preserve the win.

LAST GAME: 
Jan 14, 2014: FLA 4, NYI 2 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
The Matchup
Islanders
16.5% (22nd)
77.0% (29th)
170
210
2-7-1


 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Panthers
9.0% (30th)
75.3% (30th)
146
194
2-8-0
       
 
  
New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
26 Thomas Vanek –
29 Brock Nelson – 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner 12 Josh Bailey15 Cal Clutterbuck
27 Anders Lee
18 Ryan Strome13 Colin McDonald
36 Eric Boulton – 53 Casey Cizikas – 43 Mike Halmo

Defensemen

44 Calvin de Haan – 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
37 Brian Strait 47 Andrew MacDonald 
 

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
45 Anders Nilsson 
Florida Panthers previous game lines
Forwards
20 Sean Bergenheim - 27 Nick Bjugstad - 24 Brad Boyes
17 Jesse Winchester - 57 Marcel Goc - 14 Tomas Fleischmann
11 Jonathan Huberdeau - 15 Drew Shore - 19 Scottie Upshall
21 Krys Barch - 18 Shawn Matthias - 12 Jimmy Hayes

Defensemen
51 Brian Campbell - 77 Tom Gilbert
44 Erik Gudbranson - 55 Ed Jovanovski
7 Dmitry Kulikov - 43 Mike Weaver

Goaltenders
34 Tim Thomas
30 Scott Clemmensen
What's Happening at the Coliseum:
Lower Lobby @ 1pm
Doors Open @ 1:30pm
Nickelodeon Day with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Charity of Game: Literacy Nassau
Mercedes Benz Chuck-A-Puck


Mick Foley Meet and Greet

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 50 37 9 4 163 112 78
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
7 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
8 NYI 50 26 18 6 135 126 58
9 PIT 50 25 18 7 129 128 57
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 50 23 18 9 119 130 55
12 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 47 18 19 -6 37
K. Okposo 48 12 25 -9 37
B. Nelson 50 20 11 0 31
F. Nielsen 50 15 16 -2 31
M. Grabovski 50 9 15 1 24
J. Bailey 49 8 15 4 23
A. Lee 50 7 14 0 21
N. Leddy 50 3 17 -12 20
R. Strome 39 5 13 -8 18
N. Kulemin 50 5 9 6 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 12 11 4 .917 2.28
T. Greiss 13 6 2 .927 2.32
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