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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Panthers

Get a John Tavares STARTING LINEUP™ Figurine at tonight's game (7 p.m., MSG+)

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders
New York Islanders (15-15-8) vs Florida Panthers (18-16-8)
7 p.m. Barclays Center - Buy Tickets
Radio: 660AM, 101.9FM - WFAN, 88.7FM - WRHU

Travis Hamonic Day-To-Day:

Travis Hamonic is considered day-to-day according to Jack Capuano and isn't likely to play on Wednesday vs. Florida. The defenseman left Saturday's game with a lower-body injury and missed practice on Monday and Tuesday. Hamonic has 12 points (2G, 10A) in 36 games this season. 

Adam Pelech will draw back in the lineup for Hamonic. Pelech is playing his first game since Nov. 28.

Isles-Panthers II:

The Islanders and Panthers meet for the second time this season. The Islanders lost the first meeting 3-2 in overtime, a stinging defeat given the Isles led the game 2-0 late in the third period. 

The Panthers are making their first trip back to Barclays Center since Game 6 of last year's playoffs. The Panthers enter Wednesday's games on the heels of a 3-0 win over the New Jersey Devils and are 3-2 in their last five games. The Islanders enter Wednesday's game on consecutive overtime and shootout losses over the weekend. 

John Tavares STARTING LINEUP™ Figurine: 

The first 10,000 fans in attendance on Wednesday night will receive a John Tavares STARTING LINEUP™ figurine. Don't miss this throwback giveaway, as the Islanders captain gets his own vintage figurine. Past Islanders to get a STARTING LINEUP™ figuring include Mike Bossy, Bryan Berard and Ziggy Palffy. 

Jiggs McDonald Calling Game:

Jiggs McDonald is going to be back in the Islanders booth one more - and potentially last - time on Wednesday night. McDonald was the Islanders TV play-by-play voice for 15 years starting in 1980, filling in as needed over the last 22 years. Overall, McDonald has called games for 50 years, starting with the LA Kings in 1967. 

McDonald will drop the ceremonial first puck on Wednesday night and then will take the headset from Brendan Burke. 

Barkov Still Out For Panthers:

The Panthers will be without leading scorer Aleksander Barkov, who has been sidelined since Dec. 28. Despite missing his team's last six games, Barkov still leads the Panthers with 27 points (9G, 18A). Barkov had a five-game point streak prior to his injury and had points in nine of 10 games. 

Jonathan Marchessault and Jaromir Jagr are tied for second in team scoring with 25 points apiece. 

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