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Game Four: Looking to even the score

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Panthers (1-2 / 1st ATL) at Islanders (2-1 / 1st WC)

  • WHEN: 8:00 p.m. ET - LBC GameThread right here at 7ish
  • WHERE: Barclays Center - Brooklyn, NY

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  • ON THE TUBE: FOX Sports Florida, MSG+, USA, Sportsnet, TVAS2
  • ON THE DIAL: English: 560 WQAM (Dade/Broward); 850 WFTL (Palm Beaches); 97.7 WAVK (Keys); 1370 WAXE (TCoast) *WAXE Broadcast Time 8:00 PM; 1240/1270/97.3 The Fan (SW Florida); Spanish: 1210 WNMA (Dade/Broward)

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  • FLA IN SERIES: Game 4, Best-of-7 (New York leads 2-1)
  • GAME 1: NYI 5 at FLA 4 (Todd's Recap) - 04/14/2016
  • GAME 2: NYI 1 at FLA 3 (Kevin's Recap) - 04/15/2016
  • GAME 3: FLA 3 at NYI 4 (1OT) (Todd's Recap) - 04/17/2016
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Luongo: 3GP 1-2 10GA 3.13/.907, Greiss: 3GP 1-1 9GA 2.83/.922
  • PLAYER STATS: FloridaNew York

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Notes:

Defenseman Steven Kampfer, who hasn't played since April 7th, could return to action tonight...Despite coach Gerard Gallant hinting at "surprises" regarding his Game 4 lineup, Vincent Trocheck isn't expected back until at least Game 5 and captain Willie Mitchell will not play either. I suppose that means, in addition to the possibility of Kampfer, we could see Logan Shaw and/or Quinton Howden make their postseason debut or Jakub Kindl might return to the blue line. A start from backup goaltender Al Montoya seems highly improbable. Of course, the "surprises" could simply turn out to be a shuffling of the forward lines or defensive pairings...The Islanders have not won two straight postseason games since 2002, when they took Game 3 and Game 4 against the Toronto Maple Leafs in a series they eventually lost in seven.

NHL.com Preview:

The Panthers know they will have to play a desperate game to avoid trailing the series 3-1 heading into Game 5 at BB&T Center on Friday. "They're all important this time of the year," Panthers coach Gerard Gallant said. "Obviously it's a big game for us, but if things don't go well the next game, we've still got three more to win in a row. You take it (for) what it is and see what happens, but I hope we're going to play our best game of the series. Hopefully we can be 2-2 going back to Florida."  (More)

Yahoo.com Preview:

''We had a good shift and grinded them out a little bit,'' [Isles’ forward Thomas] Hickey said. ''Somebody went to change, I saw a gap, and an unbelievable pass and (it) just got off my stick.'' Hickey's description of the overtime shift could be used for the entire series. The Islanders rallied from a 3-2 deficit to grind out a 5-4 victory in Game 1, and Hickey's winner may not have happened if not for a coach's challenge that wiped out Florida's third goal. The Panthers seemed to take a 3-0 lead in the second period on an Aaron Ekblad tally, but it was overturned after video showed Florida was offside.  (More)

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Yesterday's Final Scores:

  • Pittsburgh 3 at NY Rangers 1 - PIT leads 2-1
  • Tampa Bay 3 at Detroit 2 - TBL leads 3-1
  • St. Louis 4 at Chicago 3 - STL leads 3-1
  • Anaheim 3 at Nashville 0 - NSH lead 2-1

Today's Action (Playoff Standings):

  • Game 4: Washington at Philadelphia (WSH leads 3-0), 7:00 NBCSN
  • Game 4: Dallas at Minnesota (DAL leads 2-1), 9:30 NBCSN
  • Game 4: Los Angeles at San Jose (SJS lead 2-1), 10:30 USA

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