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Friday, March 17th (All times eastern)

New York Islanders (31-30-4) at Florida Panthers (26-30-9), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New York Islanders and Florida Panthers will try to get back on the winning track tonight, as they battle each other at BankAtlantic Center.

The Islanders had won four in a row before dropping a 4-2 decision in Atlanta on Thursday. Marian Hossa had a goal and an assist while Kari Lehtonen made 28 saves to lead the Thrashers to the win.

Rick DiPietro stopped 35-of-38 shots for the Islanders, while Shawn Bates and Alexei Yashin each scored in defeat.

New York has 66 points and is five behind Montreal for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Tonight marks the fourth test of a four-game road trip for the Islanders, who are 15-16-2 as the visitor this year.

The Panthers had won three straight before running into the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday. Robert Esche made 27 saves to record his first shutout of the season as the Flyers defeated Florida, 4-0, at the BankAtlantic Center.

Roberto Luongo gave up three goals on 26 shots before being pulled in favor of Jamie McLennan, who made seven stops for Florida.

Florida's Jozef Stumpel had a five-game point streak snapped and Olli Jokinen had his stretch halted at four games.

The Panthers will complete a five-game homestand tonight. Florida is 18-9-4 as the host team this season.

New York has won two of three meetings with the Panthers this season and is 9-3-3 (3 losses, 3 ties) in the last 15 encounters.

03/17 10:26:38 ET


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