Season series (2011-12) The Islanders went 1-3-0 against the Panthers last season, but won the final matchup 3-2 on March 25 in a shootout. Kyle Okposo scored the game-tying goal in the third period, and Frans Nielsen was the only player to score in the shootout. Evgeni Nabokov stopped 33 shots in the win.
The Islanders and Panthers will meet twice more this season.
Panthers player to watch Jonathan Huberdeau - Center
The third-overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft leads the Panthers with 12 goals and is tied for the club lead with 17 points. Huberdeau has three multi-goal games in his first NHL season. In his last season of junior hockey in 2011-12, the Saint-Jerome, QC native posted 72 points (30 goals, 42 assists) in 37 games.
Islanders Storylines •John Tavares has 232 career points, 56 more than any other player selected in the 2009 NHL Draft. •The Islanders are 8-2-3 when scoring first and 7-1-1 when leading after two periods. •The Islanders have 15 points in their first 12 road games, matching their most in the last 24 seasons. •Evgeni Nabokov made 18 saves Thursday at Tampa Bay to record his 54th career shutout.
"It’s another two big points for us. It seems like every game from here on out is important. It seems like every game is going into overtime and teams are getting points everywhere. It’s crucial to get the points and get on a roll here."
Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald, on Thursday's 2-0 win at Tampa Bay