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Wednesday, January 4th (All times eastern)

Florida Panthers (16-21-5) at New York Islanders (17-19-2), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New York Islanders hope to halt a five-game losing skid tonight when they welcome the Florida Panthers to Nassau Coliseum.

The Isles' latest defeat came on Monday with a 2-1 loss to visiting Tampa Bay. Martin St. Louis scored the game-winning goal while shorthanded with less than five minutes left to lift the Lightning.

Jeffrey Hamilton scored the Islanders' lone goal and Garth Snow stopped 41 of the 43 shots he faced for New York. The five consecutive defeats are a season high for the Islanders.

Goaltender Rick DiPietro missed Monday's game with a knee sprain suffered over the weekend and is day-to-day.

The Islanders' Jason Blake extended his point streak to six games, having posted four goals and three assists during the tear.

New York, which is 8-9-1 at home, will visit Carolina on Friday.

Florida, meanwhile, had a three-game winning streak ended with Tuesday's 3-0 loss in New Jersey. Martin Brodeur only needed to make 16 saves for his first shutout of the season to anchor the Devils.

Roberto Luongo made 22 saves for the Panthers, who were shut out for the fourth time this season.

Florida fired off a season-low 16 shots in the defeat.

The Panthers, who are 4-15-3 on the road, will visit the Rangers on Saturday.

The Islanders and Cats have split two games this season, but New York is 6-2-3 (2 losses, 3 ties) in the last 11 meetings.

01/04 10:19:28 ET

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