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[sny-box]The Least You Should Know About the Panthers... Rookie Aaron Ekblad leads the Panthers with eight points (one goal, seven assists) through 13 games... The Panthers enter Friday's game with the Islander off a 4-1 win over the San Jose Sharks. The victory ended a three-game losing streak... Florida will be without Sean Bergenheim, Dmitry Kulikov and Dave Bolland due to injury.[/sny-box]
The Islanders take a four-game winning streak to south Florida to take on the Panthers.
The matchup is the first of three between the Islanders and Panthers. Florida went 2-1-0 against the Islanders last season and 1-0-0 at home against them.
Jaroslav Halak will get the start in net for the Islanders on Friday night and Josh Bailey will return from an injury to take Corey Conacher's slot in the lineup. Halak made 20 saves in his last start on Tuesday in a 6-0 shutout of the Colorado Avalanche. It was his second consecutive shutout this season.
Bailey has been out with a broken hand since October 23. He has four points (two goals, two assists) through seven games with the Islanders this season.
The Panters will likely start Roberto Luongo in goal against the Islanders.