The Islanders (5-7-2) take on the Panthers (6-7-1) in a rematch of last year's first round playoff matchup on Friday at 7 p.m. in Sunrise, Florida.
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- New York was walloped, 4-1, by the Lightning at Amalie Arena on Thursday night, losing for the fourth time in its last five games (1-2-2 record). The Isles are 0-4-0 on the road in 2016-17 (5-3-2 at home).
- Florida lost, 4-2, to San Jose at BB&T Center on Thursday night, and has now alternated losses and wins in each of its last seven games (LWLWLWL). The Panthers are 1-7-0 when scoring two or fewer goals this season (5-0-1 when scoring three or more).
- This is the first meeting of the season between these clubs. Florida took two of three from New York in 2015-16, including a 3-2 shootout win in the only game played at BB&T Center. The Panthers and Islanders have skated against each other 11 times in Florida since 2009-10, and six of those games needed a shootout to determine a victor (each team won three of those contests).
- Andrew Ladd scored New York's lone goal Thursday night, lighting the lamp for the second straight game (had zero goals in first 12 games of the season). Ladd has 19 points (9g, 10a) in his last 17 skates against the Panthers.
- After going without a goal in his first 12 games of 2016-17, Jason Demers lit the lamp twice Thursday night. Demers is the first Florida blueliner with a multi-goal performance since Brian Campbell had two markers against the Rangers on November 10, 2013 (exactly three years ago to the day).
- Including two by Tampa Bay on Thursday night, the Islanders have allowed at least one power-play goal in eight straight games -- tied with Chicago for the longest such streak in the NHL this season. The last time New York allowed at least one PPG in nine straight games was January 19-February 7, 2008.
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