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Saturday, January 31st (All times eastern)

Florida Panthers (17-21-11-3) at New York Islanders (24-20-5-2), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New York Islanders try to halt a two-game winless streak tonight when they welcome the Florida Panthers to Nassau Coliseum.

New York is 0-1-0-1 in its last two tries, on the heels of a 4-1 run. On Thursday the Isles dropped a 2-1 overtime decision in Boston in the back end of a home-and-home.

Boston's Glen Murray scored his second goal of the contest 2:25 into OT to spark the B's. The marker allowed the two teams to avoid tying for the third time in three encounters this season. Twice this month, January 3 and 27, the two teams played without a winner emerging.

Rick DiPietro helped the Islanders earn a point with his 36 saves in the losing effort. Oleg Kvasha scored the only goal of the contest for New York, which lost for the first time in four games (2-1-1).

The Islanders, with 55 points, reside eighth in the Eastern Conference playoff race -- five ahead of ninth-place Atlanta and Buffalo.

New York will host Vancouver on Tuesday.

Florida, meanwhile, 0-1-1 in its last two, on the heels of a two-game win streak. On Wednesday, Roberto Luongo's 44 saves helped the Panthers to a 3-3 tie with the Philadelphia Flyers at the Office Depot Center.

Luongo made six saves in the overtime alone, including a game-preserving glove stop on Philadelphia's Mark Recchi.

Andreas Lilja, Juraj Kolnik and Kristian Huselius scored the Florida goals.

On the milestone watch, veteran defenseman Lyle Odelein is expected to skate in his 1,000th NHL game tonight. He'll be the fifth player to reach the plateau wearing a Florida sweater.

The Panthers open a three-game road trip tonight and will visit San Jose on Tuesday.

New York is 4-0-3 in the last seven meetings with Florida, including a pair of wins this season.

01/31 10:19:52 ET


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