A victory against the Panthers would also tie a franchise record of winning 11 of the first 16 games of the season. The Islanders won 11 of their first 16 four times before (1976-77, 1982-83, 1987-88, 2001-02).
Left wing Josh Bailey, who missed eight games with a hand injury, was activated off injured reserve Thursday and will be back in the lineup against the Panthers, according to the team's website.
"I'm excited," Bailey said. "It felt like a lot longer than it was. It was three weeks. I got to be a part of everything, watch every game and stay in shape the whole time being able to skate. It could have been a worse injury. It's never easy to watch your team play, but I'm happy they did well and I want to get in and contribute."