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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Panthers

The Islanders host the Panthers in matinee action.

Sunday, 03.02.2014 / 12:00 AM / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Panthers
The Islanders host the Panthers in matinee action. (3:00 p.m., MSG PLUS, WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News 103.9 FM)

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 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 62 29 34 4 63
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 62 13 26 21 39
B. Nelson 62 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 62 11 25 11 36
A. Lee 56 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 50 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 52 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 62 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 52 4 19 16 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 32 13 0 .910 2.49
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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