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by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
Islanders (3-4-2) vs. Florida (5-6-1)

(7:00 p.m. ET, TV: MSG | Radio: Bloomberg 1130) Tonight, the Islanders look to pick up points nine and ten as they faceoff against the Southeast Division Florida Panthers.

This will be the first of four meetings between these teams, having faced four times last year and splitting the series 2-2-0. The last time these two teams played at the Coliseum, - January 4, 2006 - the Islanders came away with a 4-3 shootout victory. Wade Dubielewicz earned the victory, entering the game in the final two minutes of overtime after Garth Snow went down with an injury.

Coming into tonight's game, Trent Hunter is tied for the league lead with 39 hits along with Ottawa's Chris Neil. Mike Sillinger continues to dominate on faceoffs, going 13 for 17 against Buffalo on Thursday. He ranks third in faceoff winning percentage with a rate of 60.7%.

The Panthers play their third consecutive game against a New York Metropolitan team having beaten the Rangers on Wednesday 4-2 and then losing to the Devils 2-0 on Thursday. Olli Jokinen leads Florida in points with 12, while Mike Van Ryan paces the defense in points with nine. In goal, Alex Auld (3-4-1) and Ed Belfour (2-2-0) have split time.

Chris King and Steve Mears have the call on Bloomberg Radio 1130 while Howie Rose and Billy Jaffe can be seen tonight on MSG Network.

Check your local listings to locate MSG in your area.

Islanders - 8 points, 3rd place (tied), Atlantic Division. Florida - 11 points, 2nd place, Southeast Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Islanders Jason Blake and Mike Sillinger, 4 goals; Alexei Yashin, 8 assists and 11 points; Brendan Witt, 28 PIM. Florida Jozef Stumpel, 5 goals; Olli Jokinen and Mike Van Ryan, 8 assists; Jokinen 12 points; Bryan Allen, 19 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Islanders - Power play: 18.4 percent. Penalty killing: 77.4 percent. Florida - Power play: 24.5 percent. Penalty killing: 81.5 percent.

GOALTENDERS: Islanders Rick DiPietro (1-3-, 4.11 GAA, .892 SV%); Mike Dunham (2-0-2, 2.20, .939). Florida Alex Auld (3-4-1, 3.34, .898); Ed Belfour (2-2-0, 3.07, .893).

2005-06 SEASON SERIES: Split, 2-2-0.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Islanders 2-1-2 at home; Florida 1-5-1 on road.


1   Mike Dunham
39 Rick DiPietro

3   Tom Poti 
6   Sean Hill
8   Bruno Gervais
24 Radek Martinek
32 Brendan Witt
77 Alexei Zhitnik

7   Trent Hunter
10 Richard Park 
11 Andy Hilbert
12 Chris Simon
16 Mike York
17 Shawn Bates
18 Mike Sillinger
25 Viktor Kozlov
45 Arron Asham
55 Jason Blake
79 Alexei Yashin
81 Miroslav Satan


35 Alex Auld
20 Ed Belfour

2   Branislav Mezei 
4   Jay Bouwmeester 
5   Bryan Allen 
7   Steve Montador 
8   Joel Kwiatkowski 
24 Ruslan Salei
26 Mike Van Ryn  
55 Ric Jackman

9   Stephen Weiss
10 Gary Roberts 
11 Gregory Campbell 
12 Olli Jokinen 
13 Juraj Kolnik 
15 Jozef Stumpel 
16 Nathan Horton 
18 Ville Peltonen 
23 Martin Gelinas 
25 Joe Nieuwendyk  
77 Chris Gratton 
85 Rostislav Olesz      

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