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Islanders v Panthers 1/14/14

Here are some notes for the New York Islanders (18-22-7) game, as the guys are on the road getting ready to take on the Florida Panthers (17-21-7) in NHL action on Tuesday.

Islanders celebrating. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

Islanders celebrating. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

LAST GAME:

1/12/14: NYI 4 at DAL 2

The Islanders scored four unanswered goals, including three in the final five minutes of the third period, to beat the Dallas Stars 4-2 Sunday night at American Airlines Center. Kyle Okposo scored twice and John Tavares netted the winner with 1:24 to play, as the Islanders won their fourth in a row and extended their road winning streak to seven games.

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP

The Isles will look to extend their winning streak to five and their road winning streak to eight as they face the Florida Panthers for the first time this season. The Isles swept all three games last season by a combined 12-5 score and have won 4 straight overall against the Panthers.

TEAM NOTES:

Overall Streak: The Islanders are on a four-game winning streak and have won seven of their last eight games. They are 10-4-2 in their last 16 games. The last time the Islanders had a five-game winning streak was February of 2008.

Road Streak: The Islanders are on a seven-game road winning streak, good for the second longest road win streak in franchise history. They had a franchise-record, eight-game streak in 1980-81.

First Star: The NHL announced Monday that John Tavares was named the First Star of the Week for the week ending Jan, 12. Tavares scored 10 points (four goals, six assists) with a plus-9 rating in four games last week, helping the Islanders to a 4-0-0 record.

Comebacks: (From Elias) The Islanders tied an NHL record when they overcame a 2-0 deficit to beat the Stars, 4-2, Sunday in Dallas. The Islanders have won their last seven road games, and in each of their last five road victories, they trailed by at least one goal. They’re the sixth team in NHL history to win five consecutive road games despite trailing in each game, joining the 1929-30 Bruins, 1995-96 Whalers, 2006-07 Lightning, 2008-09 Penguins, and 2011-12 Avalanche in that exclusive club. The Bruins, Whalers, and Islanders are the only teams to pull off that feat without a shootout win included in their streak.

Who’s Hot: Calvin de Haan is on a four-game point streak (1g/5a). John Tavares has 17 points (8g/9a) in eight games since returning from a lower-body injury. Thomas Vanek has six assists in his last five games and 17 points (5g/12a) in his last 12 games. Kyle Okposo has three goals in his last three games and 19 points (11g/8a) in his last 15 games. Brock Nelson has three goals in his last four games.

Poulin: Kevin Poulin has won five straight games.

The Islanders and Panthers game is set to air on the MSG Plus 2 Network, with face-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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