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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Panthers

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

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
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.

The Matchup
16.5% (22nd)
77.0% (29th)

Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10

9.0% (30th)
75.3% (30th)
New York Islanders previous game lines
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


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

20 Evgeni Nabokov
45 Anders Nilsson 
Florida Panthers previous game lines
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

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

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
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