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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Panthers

The Islanders wrap up their season series against the Panthers.

Tuesday, 04.01.2014 / 12:00 AM / News
By Sarah Holzberg
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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Panthers
The Islanders wrap up their season series against the Panthers. (7:00 p.m., MSG PLUS, WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News 103.9 FM)

New York Islanders
29-36-9 (67 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
12-18-8 home
Florida Panthers
27-41-8 (62 points - 7th in Atlantic Division, 15th in Eastern Conference)
13-24-3 road
7:00  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
• Young Guns: The Islanders have 10 rookies on their active roster.
Isles Ace: Shootout ace Frans Nielsen improved to 32-for-57 (56.1%) in his career with his goal against New Jersey. Nielsen is 7-for-12 this season (58.3%).
Okposo: Kyle Okposo has missed two straight games with a lower-body injury.
• Last Four: The Islanders have taken seven of a possible eight points in their last four games (3-0-1).

Panthers Storylines
• Vs. the Islanders:
The Panthers won both meetings with the Islanders this season.
Boyes: Brad Boyes scored his 20th goal of the season Monday, reaching the 20-goal mark for the first time since 2008-09.
Luongo: Roberto Luongo has missed the Panthers last three games. 
Last Four: The Panthers are 1-3-0 in their last four games. 
Islanders player to watch
Frans Nielsen - Forward

Frans Nielsen is the active leading scorer on the Islanders with 52 points (23 goals, 29 assists) in 72 games this season. Nielsen has points in three of his last four games (one goal, two assists), but also had the game-decider in the Islanders shootout win over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. The Danish center set career highs in goals and points this season.
Panthers player to watch
Scottie Upshall - Forward

Scottie Upshall leads the Florida Panthers with 35 points (14 goals, 21assists) in 70 games this season. The third-year Panther set a career high in points, largely due to staying healthy, as Upshall played 53 games over his first two seasons in Florida, compared to 70 this season. Upshall has five points (two goals, three assists) in two games against the Islanders this season.
2013-14 season series (0-2-0)

The Islanders lost their first two games to the Florida Panthers this season, including a 5-3 loss at Nassau Coliseum on March 2. In that outing, the Islanders had a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes, but gave up four unanswered goals in the third period.

LAST GAME: 
Mar. 2, 2014: FLA 5, NYI 3 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
The Matchup
Islanders
16.3% (21st)
77.9% (29th)
202
242
5-3-2


 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Panthers
9.8% (30th)
75.2% (30th)
182
250
3-6-1
       
 
  
New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
27 Anders Lee51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
56 John Persson 29 Brock Nelson15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin
– 
18 Ryan Strome 13 Colin McDonald
43 Mike Halmo – 53 Casey Cizikas – 28 Johan Sundstrom

Defensemen

44 Calvin de Haan 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey 24 Kevin Czuczman
46 Matt Donovan 7 Matt Carkner
  
Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
45 Anders Nilsson
Florida Panthers previous game lines
Forwards
20 Sean Bergengeim 27 Nick Bjudstad 24 Brad Boyes
14 Tomas Fleischmann
67 Vincent Trocheck 19 Scottie Upshall
17 Jesse Winchester
73 Brandon Pirri 42 Quinton Howden
12 Jimmy Hayes
23 Scott Gomez 21 Krys Barch

Defensemen
7 Dmitry Kulikov
51 Brian Campbell
55 Ed Jovanovski
47 Colby Robak
44 Erik Gudbranson
4 Dylan Olsen

Goaltenders
39 Dan Ellis
30 Scott Clemmensen
What's Happening at the Coliseum:
•  Doors open 5:45
•  Lower Lobby 5:00pm
•  Bob Nystrom Award Presentation
Fan Appreciation Sale
Charity of the Game – Islanders Children’s Foundation


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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