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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Florida Panthers

by Travis Betts / New York Islanders
New York Islanders

21-16-5 (47 points – 2nd in Atlantic Division, 7th in Eastern Conference)
9-11-3 home
Florida Panthers
13-22-6 (32 points - 5th in Southeast Division, 15th in Eastern Conference)
6-12-1 road
7:00 p.m.
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Uniondale, NY
 
 
Television: MSG+
Play-by-play: Jiggs McDonald; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (2-0-0)
The Islanders are looking to sweep the season series against Florida for the first time in the Panthers' 19-year history. After a 4-3 road win on March 16, the Islanders followed that up eight days later with a 3-0 shutout. Evgeni Nabokov stopped all 26 shots, while Andrew MacDonald, John Tavares and Casey Cizikas lit the lamp.

Mar. 24, 2013: NYI 3, FLA 0 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Panthers player to watch
Tomas Kopecky - Right Wing

Tomas Kopecky leads the team in goals (15), shooting percentage (17.6) and ranks third in points (26). He also has had an impact on special teams, scoring four times on the power play and once shorthanded. The Dubnica, Slovakia native is just one of five Panthers to appear in all 41 games this season.

 
Islanders Storylines
•The Islanders have earned a point in each game during April (5-0-2) and in 10 of their last 11 overall (8-1-2).
The Islanders have out-shot their opponents in six straight games, and have only been out-shot once in their last 12 games.
•In the month of April, Evgeni Nabokov has turned aside 139-of-146 shots (.952 save percentage). He has 20 wins on the season, one off the league lead.
The Islanders magic number for clinching a playoff spot is 10. Of the teams not in a playoff spot, Winnipeg can reach the highest total (56 points).
The Matchup
Islanders
20.6% (28/136)
81.4% (101/124)
119
122
7-1-2
 
  
 
 
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games

 
  
     
  
Panthers
20.6% (26/126)
74.4% (99/133)
99
142
4-6-0
  
 
 
 
 
New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes
12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen - 21 Kyle Okposo
6 Jesse Joensuu - 53 Casey Cizikas - 17 Matt Martin
40 Michael Grabner - 10 Keith Aucoin - 13 Colin McDonald

Defensemen
47 Andrew MacDonald - 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey - 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
2 Mark Streit - 7 Matt Carkner

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin

 
Florida Panthers previous game lines
Forwards
19 Scottie Upshall - 27 Nick Bjugstad - 12 Jack Skille
14 Tomas Fleischmann - 57 Marcel Goc - 82 Tomas Kopecky
88 Peter Mueller - 11 Jonathan Huberdeau - 15 Drew Shore
42 Quinton Howden - 18 Shawn Matthias - 37 Greg Rallo

Defensemen
17 Filip Kuba - 44 Erik Gudbranson
7 Dmitry Kulikov - 51 Brian Campbell
3 TJ Brennan - 43 Mike Weaver

Goaltenders
36 Jacob Markstrom
30 Scott Clemmensen

What's Happening at the Coliseum

Fan Appreciation Night Presented by Subway - All selected seat locations can pick up prizes at Gate 2 Guest Relations
•Subway Breakfast Coupon giveaway – first 12,000 fans
MSG+ Rally Towel giveaway – first 10,000 fans
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Team Store Scratch off Ticket Offer
50/50 Raffle/Chuck-a-puck

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