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Game 31: So, exactly, where are we?

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Florida Panthers (14-11-4 32P) at New York Islanders (18-8-5 41P)

  • WHEN: 7:00 p.m. ET - LBC GameThread right here at 6:30ish
  • WHERE: Barclays Center - Brooklyn, NY

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  • ON THE TUBE: FOX Sports Florida, MSG+
  • ON THE DIAL: 560, 640, 760, 1210 (AM); 97.7, 107.9 (FM); Official App (iOS, Android)
  • SOCIALLY SPEAKING: #FlaPanthers, #Isles, #FLAvsNYI, @LitterBoxCats, LBC FaceBook page
  • ENEMY INTEL: The gloriously unsponsored Lighthouse Hockey
  • SB NATION: Game Hub

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  • FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 2 of 3 (1-0)
  • ALL-TIME vs NYI: 44W-28L-8T 2OTL 6SOL 259GF 240GA
  • ALL-TIME at NYI: 20W-17L-2T 2OTL 3SOL 118GF 115GA
  • LAST FIVE vs NYI: 3-1-1 16GF 15GA

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  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Luongo (10-10-3 .923/2.36 1SO), Halak (9-4-3 .926/2.04 2SO)
  • JAGR WATCH: All-time vs NYI (reg season): 108GP 61G-93A 154P 13GWG
  • PLAYER STATS: FloridaHipsters
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  • NOTES: Several players have reportedly been smacked with the flu in recent days; Vincent Trocheck was called out on Monday; Aleksandr Barkov, Dave Bolland, Jaromir Jagr and Reilly Smith missed practice in Newark due to illness - not injury. D Steven Kampfer has been placed on IR, joining F Nick Bjugstad. F Derek MacKenzie (lower-body issue sustained Saturday - and my pick for team MVP so far this season) - is day-to-day. F Corban Knight (see above) has been recalled from AHL Portland. F Rocco Grimaldi is also back up with Bolland going down to the Pirates on a "conditioning stint."
  • QUOTED:

The hockey world can be crazy sometimes. All I know is I’m happy to be back here now, try to help the team win games. When you get the call it’s a thrill. To be back up in the league is special.

- Recently recalled F Corban Knight via the Miami Herald (More)

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NHL.com Preview:

New York has earned points in 10 straight games (8-0-2) and John Tavares ended a personal four-game drought with a goal Sunday in a 4-0 win against the New Jersey Devils. "Johnny is the last person you need to talk to in times like this," coach Jack Capuano told Newsday. Strome, who did not play Sunday because of an upper-body injury, returned to practice Monday. Capuano told Newsday he had not yet decided on his lineup.. (More)

Yahoo.com Preview:

Good defense and sharp goaltending have been the constants during the successful stretch. The Islanders have killed off 25 straight penalties and received consistent play from both Jaroslav Halak and (backup) Greiss, who's posted a 1.47 goals-against average while winning four straight starts. (More)

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Last game for the Cats: 3-1 loss at Bahston in a Saturday matinee which most of us missed. Past five: 2-3-0 11GF 13GA (streak: 1L)

Last game for the Isles: 4-0 victory over New Jersey Sunday. Past five: 4-0-1 15GF 9GA (streak: 3W)

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Tuesday in the Atlantic Division (Standings / Panthers Playoff Chances):

  • New Jersey (15-11-4 34P) at BUFFALO (13-15-3 29P), 7:00
  • TAMPA BAY (15-13-3 33P) at TORONTO (10-13-5 25P), 7:30
  • San Jose (14-14-1 29P) at MONTREAL (20-8-3 43P), 7:30
  • Idle: DET (38P), OTT (37P), BOS (36P)

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