NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, November 19th (All times eastern)
New York Islanders (8-6-2-0) at Florida Panthers (7-10-2-0), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Florida Panthers start a two-game homestand tonight when they welcome the New York Islanders to the Office Depot Center.
The Panthers allowed three goals in the final 13:45 of the third period Sunday, en route to a 5-2 loss to the host Atlanta Thrashers.
Niklas Hagman and Vaclav Nedorost each found the back of the net for the Panthers, who fell to 2-2 under GM/interim head coach Rick Dudley. Steve Shields made 25 saves.
The game was knotted at 2-2, but the Thrashers ended it with three unanswered goals in the third period for the victory. Florida had battled back from an 0-2 hole in the early portion of the final frame to tie things.
Florida, which is 3-4-1 at home this season, will close its homestand against the Thrashers on Friday.
New York, meanwhile, had its road winless streak extended to five games (0-3-2) on Saturday as the Isles dropped a 4-3 decision to the Nashville Predators at Gaylord Entertainment Center.
Justin Mapletoft posted a goal and an assist for the Islanders, who have lost three of their last four games overall. Mariusz Czerkawski and Arron Asham also scored in the loss, while Garth Snow stopped 18-of-22 shots.
Islanders' defenseman Radek Martinek left the game with a concussion after absorbing a hit from Preds' rookie Jordin Tootoo. Martinek was taken to a local hospital and is doubtful for tonight's contest.
Defenseman Adrian Aucoin's plus-12 rating leads the NHL, and he is also fourth among blueliners in scoring with 11 assists and 12 points
The Islanders, who are 1-4-2 on the road this season, have not posted a win on opposition ice since topping the Buffalo Sabres back on October 11.
New York defeated the Panthers earlier in the season and is unbeaten in the last six meetings (3-0-3). The Isles have also gone without a loss in their last six trips to Sunrise (3-0-3). Their last loss in South Florida came back on January 12, 2000.
11/19 10:35:07 ET