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Saturday, October 18th (All times eastern)

Florida Panthers (1-1-2-0) at New York Islanders (1-1-1-0), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Florida Panthers try to bounce back from their first loss of the season tonight when they open a three-game road trip at Nassau Coliseum against the New York Islanders.

The Panthers dropped a 2-1 decision to the then-perfect Phoenix Coyotes at the Office Depot Center on Wednesday. Mike Van Ryn scored the lone Panthers' goal and Roberto Luongo stopped 34 of 36 shots, as Florida was denied its chance to stay unbeaten after four games for the first time since 1999.

Florida has gone 0-1-2 since a season-opening 3-1 victory over Carolina on October 9.

In all, the Panthers will play six of their next seven away from home. They'll visit the Rangers on Monday night.

The Islanders, meanwhile, are off to a 1-1-1 start to the 2003-04 season, including Tuesday's 2-2 tie in Atlanta. The Thrashers' Marc Savard scored 6:18 into the third period to force the deadlock.

Mark Parrish posted his third goal of the campaign and Eric Cairns also tallied for the Islanders. Former No. 1 pick Rick DiPietro finished with 21 saves in his second consecutive start. DiPietro preserved the tie in overtime with a pad save on Frantisek Kaberle off a breakaway.

New York opens a stretch that has it at home for eight of the next 10 games. The Isles will welcome Toronto to Nassau on Monday.

The Islanders went 2-0-2 against the Panthers last season and are 4-1-3 in the last eight meetings. Florida has lost three of four and five of its last seven on Long Island.

10/18 10:11:17 ET

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