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Game 69: Three-game roadie kicks off in Brooklyn

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Florida Panthers (38-21-9 85P) vs New York Islanders (37-21-8 82P)

  • WHEN: 7:00 p.m. ET - LBC GameThread right here at 6:30ish
  • WHERE: Barclays Center - Brooklyn, NY
  • UPCOMING GOODIES: Two official Watch Parties tonight in Boca and Lauderdale vs NYI... Star Wars Night will be held March 29 vs TOR

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  • FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 3 of 3 (1-1-0)
  • ALL-TIME vs NYI: 45W-28L-8T 2OTL 6SOL 264GF 241GA
  • ALL-TIME at NYI: 21W-17L-2T 2OTL 3SOL 123GF 116GA
  • LAST FIVE vs NYI: 4-0-1 19GF 12GA
  • LAST GAME vs NYI: FLA 5 at NYI 1 (Todd's recap) - 12/15/2015

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  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Luongo (29-16-6 2.35/.921 4O), Greiss (18-7-4 2.26/.928 1SO)
  • JAGR WATCH: All-time vs NYI (regular season): 108GP 61G-93A 154P 13GWG
  • PLAYER STATS: FloridaNew York

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NHL.com Preview:

This is the start of a three-game road trip for Florida, which plays six of its next seven away from home. The Panthers will take over first place in the Atlantic Division with a win. "The closer we get to the end of the season, the closer it feels like playoff hockey," Luongo told the Panthers website. Forward Jussi Jokinen has two goals and 10 assists during a 10-game point streak, tying Olli Jokinen (six goals, 10 assists) for the longest run by a Florida player since the 2005-06 season.  (More)

Yahoo.com Preview:

"We've been shooting a lot of pucks and every now and then they're going to find their way in. There's no real secret to it," said Reilly Smith, who had two goals Saturday. Smith, who is tied with Jaromir Jagr for the team lead with 23 goals, has three with six assists in eight games against the Islanders. This has also been a favorable matchup for Jussi Jokinen, who has seven points in his last five against New York. The center enters this one with 12 during a career-high 10-game point streak. The Islanders have been cooled with consecutive losses following a 7-1-0 stretch that helped them tighten their grip on third in the Metropolitan Division. Their lead over fourth-place Pittsburgh has been cut to two points, though they do have two games in hand.  (More)

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Last game for the Cats: 5-4 SO victory in Sunrise. Past five: 2-2-1 18GF 19GA (streak: 2W)

Last game for the Isles: 3-1 loss at Boston Saturday. Past five: 3-1-1 16GF 15GA (streak: 2L)

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Monday among playoff hopefuls in the Atlantic Division (Standings / Panthers Playoff Chances):

  • Idle: BOS (70GP/86P), TBL (69GP/85P), DET (69GP/79P)

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Panthers, SoFla Media & Loyal Opposition on the Tweets

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