The 12-12-3 New York Islanders dock in South Florida for their first meeting with the Florida Panthers this season. The Islanders find themselves in the playoff chase for a change, trailing the Winnipeg Jets by three points for the eight spot. New York is having success on the road this season (7-4-1), which doesn't bode well for the Panthers, who aren't playing good enough to win anywhere as of right now. John Tavares leads the Islanders in scoring with 30 points (17G/13A) in 27 games.
Panthers' captain Ed Jovanovski, who has missed 23 games this season, may make his return to the lineup tonight.
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