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Islanders v Panthers 4/1/14

Here are some notes as the New York Islanders (29-36-9) play host to the Florida Panthers (27-41-8) in NHL action at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

LAST GAME:

3/29/14: NYI 2 vs. NJ 1 (SO)
Frans Nielsen scored the Islanders’ lone goal in regulation, and then added the deciding goal in the shootout, as the Islanders defeated the New Jersey Devils 2-1 Saturday at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Brock Nelson also scored in the shootout, while Anders Nilsson stopped both Devils shooters he faced in the breakaway competition.
TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:
The Islanders look to extend their piont streak to five games tonight as they close out a three-game season series against the Florida Panthers. Florida has won each of the first two games, but the Islanders swept the series last season.
TEAM NOTES:
Back-To-Backs: The Islanders open their 16 set of back-to-back games tonight against Florida. They are 6-8-1 on the front-end and 6-7-2 on the back-end of back-to-backs this season. The club will total 17 back-to-back sets in 2013-14.
Shootout Leader: With his shootout tally Saturday vs. New Jersey, Frans Nielsen improved to 32-57 (56.1%) in career shootout attempts, extending his lead over TJ Oshie’s 26-47 (55.3%) ark as the most accurate active NHL player in shootouts (minimum 20 goals).
Last Four: The Islanders have taken seven of a possible eight points in their last four games (3-0-1).
The Islanders and Panthers game is set to air on the MSG Plus Network, with face-off set for 7:00 p.m.
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