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New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid makes a save in the first period of a game against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center. (Robert Mayer/USA TODAY Sporta)
New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid makes a save in the first period of a game against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center. (Robert Mayer/USA TODAY Sporta)

Keith Kinkaid allowed a game-tying goal with 1:29 remaining in regulation and a game-winning goal to Mike Hoffman in overtime as the Devils lost to the Florida Panthers 4-3 on Monday at BB&T Center. >> Box score


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New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall skates with the puck against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall skates with the puck against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA TODAY Sports)

Two struggling teams - the host Florida Panthers and the New Jersey Devils -- will meet Monday night at the BB&T Center.

The Devils, who lost 5-2 to the host Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night, will be playing on shorter rest than Florida. The Devils (9-10-3) are also last in the Metropolitan Division with 21 points and are 2-9-0 on the road.

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Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) carries the ball past New Orleans Saints safety Marcus Williams (43) at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) carries the ball past New Orleans Saints safety Marcus Williams (43) at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

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THE GAME

The Giants (1-3) at the Carolina Panthers (2-1) at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

It will be warm and muggy with temperatures in the mid-80s, and they better play fast because there's a chance for late-day thunderstorms.

WHAT IT MEANS

The game surely means a lot to Giants GM Dave Gettleman, who built this Panthers team, for the most part, before he was fired. He's still in the early stages of building the Giants, but this is a critical game. Remember, this was supposed to be a win-now team, but they are stuck in a terrible offensive rut and are in great danger of this season slipping away. They're still in the stage of the season where one win can change the mood, because 2-3 will make them feel a heck of a lot better than 1-4. But at 1-4, especially if the offense stinks again, it's going to be hard to make the players believe they have any hope over the last 11 games.

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New York Islanders goalie Christopher Gibson makes a save against the Florida Panthers during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders goalie Christopher Gibson makes a save against the Florida Panthers during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Christopher Gibson allowed three goals as the Islanders' losing streak reached three games with a 3-0 loss to the Florida Panthers on Monday at Barclays Center. >> Box score


First period:

  • 11:38 FLA Keith Yandle; Assists: Evgenii Dadonov, Aleksander Barkov

Second period:

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New York Islanders center Anders Lee celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with left wing Josh Bailey, defenseman Calvin de Haan and defenseman Adam Pelech (50) in the first period at BB&T Center. (Robert Mayer/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders center Anders Lee celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with left wing Josh Bailey, defenseman Calvin de Haan and defenseman Adam Pelech (50) in the first period at BB&T Center. (Robert Mayer/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Islanders beat the Florida Panthers in a shootout after scoring four goals apiece in regulation on Monday at BB&T Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 10:25 FLA Keith Yandle
  • 13:15 NYI Anders Lee; Assists: Calvin de Haan, Adam Pelech

Second period:

  • 5:35 NYI Thomas Hickey; Assist: Joshua Ho-Sang
  • 8:45 FLA Aaron Ekblad (power play); Assists: Yandle, Vincent Trocheck
  • 10:34 FLA Aleksander Barkov (power play); Assists: Yandle, Trocheck
  • 16:19 NYI Brock Nelson; Assists: Ho-Sang, Jason Chimera
  • 18:21 NYI John Tavares; Assists: Josh Bailey, Nick Leddy

Third period:

  • 5:06 FLA Denis Malgin; Assists: Trocheck, Jamie McGinn
Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Florida Panthers, Jaroslav Halak, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Josh Ho-Sang, Mathew Barzal, Nick Leddy, Thomas Hickey
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New York Islanders center John Tavares celebrates a goal against the Ottawa Senators by center Anders Lee during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders center John Tavares celebrates a goal against the Ottawa Senators by center Anders Lee during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Islanders, who lead the NHL in scoring, expect to go up against one of the league's all-time great goalies, Roberto Luongo, on Monday night when they face the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center.

The Islanders (15-8-2) are led by center John Tavares, who ranks third in the NHL with 16 goals. His team is first in the league with an average of 3.72 goals per game.

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New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider makes a save on Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider makes a save on Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

Cory Schneider gave up two goals in the third period as the New Jersey Devils lost to the Florida Panthers, 3-2, on Monday at Prudential Center. >> Box score


First period:

  • N/A

Second period:

  • 17:20 FLA Aleksander Barkov (short handed); Assist: Mike Matheson

Third period:

  • 2:20 NJ Nico Hischier; Assist: Pavel Zacha
  • 4:07 FLA Vincent Trocheck
  • 8:19 NJ Jesper Bratt
  • 12:45 FLA Jared McCann; Assists: Dryden Hunt, Matheson
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New Jersey Devils forward Nico Hischier against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils forward Nico Hischier against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)

For the second time just over two weeks, the New Jersey Devils play host to the Florida Panthers on Monday night at the Prudential Center.

The Devils (14-5-4) posted a 2-1 victory over the Panthers (8-12-2) on Nov. 11, the seventh win in their last nine games on home ice against Florida since the 2012-13 season. That victory also started New Jersey's current 5-1-3 run over the past nine games.

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New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson catches a touchdown pass defended by Carolina Panthers cornerback James Bradberry during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson catches a touchdown pass defended by Carolina Panthers cornerback James Bradberry during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson looked like a Pro Bowler with his big performance on Sunday. But he looked small when he turned to the TV cameras and started begging for votes.

It's unfortunate, but that plea stole some of the spotlight from Anderson's six-catch, 146-yard, two-touchdown performance in Sunday's 35-27 loss to the Carolina Panthers. One of his touchdown catches was a dazzling display of athleticism. The other one was a testament to his football smarts and his chemistry with quarterback Josh McCown.

But after that catch -- a 54-yarder in the third quarter -- the 24-year old found one of Fox TV's cameras and said, "How about you vote for me for the Pro Bowl man, please?"

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GEICO SportsNite: FNNY on Jets 00:04:47
The Football Night in NY panel discusses what went wrong for the Jets, as a disastrous fourth quarter cost them late against the Panthers.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The simple truth is that the Jets were not ready for this. They weren't ready for the reset expectations, the competitive games or a playoff race in late December. They have proven they are far better, far more advanced than anyone expected three months ago.

But they are just not ready to win.

They'll get there (probably) but they're not there yet, as they showed again by throwing away yet another game in the fourth quarter. This time, they did it with the usual array of turnovers, drops and penalties, and they even threw in a punt return for a touchdown. In the end, they ended up losing 35-27 to the Carolina Panthers in another game they seemed poised to win.

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Carolina Panthers, Josh McCown, Robby Anderson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets center Wesley Johnson cannot grab the ball after New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown fumbled for a turnover in the second half against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. (Danielle Parhizkaran/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets center Wesley Johnson cannot grab the ball after New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown fumbled for a turnover in the second half against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. (Danielle Parhizkaran/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It's hard to call them the "same old Jets" because things aren't as bad and dysfunctional as they've been in the past. They are building something, even if the growing pains are increasingly painful.

But Sunday's loss, on the heels of a string of bad losses, sure did have the "same old" feel.

How else to explain the Jets once again holding their own against one of the better teams in the NFL only to maddeningly throw it all away in the fourth quarter, this time with their already thin playoff hopes clinging to the line? Their 35-27 home loss to the Carolina Panthers was their fifth loss in six games, and it felt like all the others. If only they hadn't made so many mind-boggling mistakes at key points late in the game.

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Buster Skrine, Carolina Panthers, Josh McCown, Morris Claiborne, Robby Anderson, Steve McLendon, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets outside linebacker Kony Ealy celebrates with his teammates after his interception against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets outside linebacker Kony Ealy celebrates with his teammates after his interception against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports)

Kony Ealy is downplaying the obvious story line now.

Sure, the defensive lineman was a Super Bowl star with the Carolina Panthers two seasons ago - and then got traded last March. Ealy is with the New York Jets these days, and insists that his past won't affect his approach.

No matter what team he's facing.

"I'm going to go out here and play the same game I've been playing for about eight weeks now," Ealy said Wednesday, "and try to focus on getting that `W.'"

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New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets (4-6) face the Panthers (7-3) on Sunday in Carolina. Here's what's going on Tuesday:

Need to know

The Jets practice for the second straight day. SNY's Ralph Vacciano will be attending practice this week. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors.

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The Rangers' Mats Zuccarello, left, and Marc Staal, right, defend Florida's Thomas Vanek during the first period. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
The Rangers' Mats Zuccarello, left, and Marc Staal, right, defend Florida's Thomas Vanek during the first period. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers blew a two-goal lead after the first period and lost 4-3 to the Panthers in a shootout Friday at the Garden. The Rangers have lost six in a row at home. >> Read more


First period:

  • 2:34 NYR Mats Zuccarello (Power Play) Assists: Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan
  • 4:11 NYR J.T. Miller Assists: Brendan Smith, Mika Zibanejad 

Second period:

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GEICO SportsNite: Victor Cruz 00:00:17
Free agent WR Victor Cruz reportedly met with the Carolina Panthers only a week after his release from the New York Giants.

Former New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz had a meeting with the Carolina Panthers on Monday that "went well," according to USA Today's Art Stapleton.

The Giants released Cruz, 30, last week to save $7.5 million in salary. 

In his first season since missing 26 games due to two season-ending leg injuries, Cruz had 39 catches for 586 yards and one touchdown in 15 games.

He had been a Giants receiver since he joined the Giants in 2010 after he went undrafted.

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 (Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports)
(Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports)

First Period

  • 2:22 NYI Jason Chimera; Assist: Anthony Beauvillier
  • 3:48 NYI John Tavares; Assists: Nick Leddy, Josh Bailey
  • 9:55 FLA Vincent Trocheck; Assists: Jaromir Jagr, Keith Yandle
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Jan 6, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) attempts a shot on goal in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 6, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) attempts a shot on goal in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

The Islanders take on the Panthers in the back end of their home-and-home series on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. 

According to STATS...

  • The Islanders lost, 2-1, to the Panthers on Wednesday night at Barclays Center, dropping their third straight tilt while scoring exactly one goal in each setback. The last time New York scored one goal or fewer in four consecutive games was in 2014-15 (March 10-17).
  • Florida has won two straight and three of its last four tilts, allowing one goal or fewer in each of the victories. The Panthers have six wins when lighting the lamp two or fewer times in 2016-17 -- tied for third most in the Eastern Conference.
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Jan 11, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Alan Quine (10) and Florida Panthers right wing Paul Thompson (15) come together at the boards during the first period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 11, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Alan Quine (10) and Florida Panthers right wing Paul Thompson (15) come together at the boards during the first period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

First Period 

  • 5:47 FLA Keith Yandle; Assists: Vincent Trocheck, Jared McCann
  • 10:47 NYI Nick Leddy; Assists: Casey Cizikas, Cal Clutterbuck

Second Period 

  • 1:09 FLA Jason Demers; Assists: Jonathan Marchessault, Jussi Jokinen

Recap: NEW YORK (AP) Jason Demers scored the tiebreaking goal early in the second period, Roberto Luongo stopped 29 shots and the Florida Panthers held on for a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Wednesday night.


Next Game: The Islanders finish off a home-and-home series with the Panthers on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at the BB&T Center. 

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New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) sets up in front of the Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) during the second period in game six of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. The Islanders defeated the Panthers 2-1 to win the series four games to two. (Andy Marlin)
New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) sets up in front of the Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) during the second period in game six of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. The Islanders defeated the Panthers 2-1 to win the series four games to two. (Andy Marlin)

The Islanders take on the Panthers in a rematch of last year's first-round playoff matchup at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night. 

According to STATS...

  • The Panthers beat the Devils, 3-0, at Prudential Center on Monday night, winning their season-high third straight road game by a combined score of 9-2. Monday night's shutout was Florida's first in the last 77 games (dating to January 23 last season).
  • New York lost, 2-1, in a shootout with the Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Saturday night, garnering a point in its third straight tilt, and for the sixth time in the last seven games overall (4-1-2 record). The Islanders have eight overtime/shootout losses in 2016-17 -- tied for second most in hockey.
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The Florida Panthers celebrate a goal by Florida Panthers right wing Reilly Smith during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)
The Florida Panthers celebrate a goal by Florida Panthers right wing Reilly Smith during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)

The New Jersey Devils lost to the Florida Panthers, 3-0, Monday at Prudential Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 16:55 FLA Reilly Smith (power play); Assists: Jussi Jokinen, Vincent Trocheck

Second period:

  • N/A

Third period:

  • 18:55 FLA Jussi Jokinen (ENG)
  • 19:44 FLA Vincent Trocheck (ENG); Assist: Keith Yandle
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Nov 10, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Slater Koekkoek (29) defends New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas (53) during the third period at Amalie Arena. Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the New York Islanders 4-1. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 10, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Slater Koekkoek (29) defends New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas (53) during the third period at Amalie Arena. Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the New York Islanders 4-1. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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. 

According to STATS...

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Nov 10, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) skates with the puck as Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Andrej Sustr (62) defends during the first period at Amalie Arena. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 10, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) skates with the puck as Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Andrej Sustr (62) defends during the first period at Amalie Arena. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

SUNRISE, Fla. -- When the New York Islanders visit the Florida Panthers on Saturday night at the BB&T Center, it will be a rematch of last season's first-round playoff series.

The Islanders won that series in six games, extinguishing a Panthers season that had seen Florida claim the Atlantic Division for the first time after winning a franchise-record 47 games.

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New Jersey Devils head coach John Hynes motions to his team during the third period against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeat the Devils 3-2. (Jerome Miron)
New Jersey Devils head coach John Hynes motions to his team during the third period against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeat the Devils 3-2. (Jerome Miron)

The Devils earned a point in Thursday's overtime loss to the Panthers, but head coach John Hynes said the team needs to work on many aspects of its game before Saturday's contest. New Jersey forced overtime in the game, but scored just once on PA Parenteau's goal and were held 0-for-2 on the power play. Florida recorded 10 more shots and won a majority of the faceoffs at 54 percent.

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Oct 13, 2016; Sunrise, FL, USA; Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov (16) battles New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) skate for the puck in the third period at BB&T Center. Mandatory (Robert Mayer)
Oct 13, 2016; Sunrise, FL, USA; Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov (16) battles New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) skate for the puck in the third period at BB&T Center. Mandatory (Robert Mayer)

The Devils struggled to get offense going in Thursday night's 2-1 loss to the Panthers and need to improve on the power play, according to forward Kyle Palmieri. New Jersey failed to capitalize on either of its two power-play chances, not garnering many attempts toward net. For the game, the Devils only recorded 24 shots on goal.

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 (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
(Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

John Tavares tied it in the final minute of regulation and got the winner at 10:41 of the second overtime, leading the New York Islanders past the Florida Panthers 2-1 Sunday night and into the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 1993.

Tavares skated in and fired an initial shot that Roberto Luongo saved, but the New York captain got the rebound, wrapped around the net and stuffed the puck in to end the longest home game in Islanders history.

The Islanders will next face Tampa Bay.

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New York Islanders center Shane Prince (11) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan (44) and center Alan Quine (10) during the second period of game three of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders center Shane Prince (11) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan (44) and center Alan Quine (10) during the second period of game three of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

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Islanders history will remember Friday night's Game 5 fondly, but it wasn't without its moments that tested our faith, and it took the unlikeliest of heroes to get the job done.

The Islanders were awarded their second power play of double overtime, but they had just 40 seconds remaining on it when Marek Zidlicky and Thomas Hickey played catch with the puck at the point.

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New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) celebrates after scoring a power play goal against the Florida Panthers during the second period of game four of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Florida Panthers at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin)
New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) celebrates after scoring a power play goal against the Florida Panthers during the second period of game four of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Florida Panthers at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin)

The Islanders head back to Florida on Friday night to take on the Panthers in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series at the BB&T Center. 

According to STATS...

  • Florida evened the series with a 2-1 win in Brooklyn Wednesday night. It was the Panthers' second win in a postseason road game in the last 20 years (also: Game 3 in the first round at New Jersey in 2012).
  • The Panthers are 2-1 in best-of-seven playoff series tied 2-2 all-time, but both wins came in the 1996 playoffs. The Islanders are 4-6 in those series all-time but have lost three straight including the first round against Washington last year.
  • Alex Petrovic scored his first career postseason goal Wednesday. Florida defensemen have now accounted for 10 points in this series.
  • Jaromir Jagr assisted on Teddy Purcell's goal Wednesday and has now recorded 200 career postseason points. He is just the fifth player with 200 career playoff points in NHL history joining Wayne Gretzky (382), Mark Messier (295), Jari Kurri (233) and Glenn Anderson (214).
  • The Islanders won the first meeting between these teams in Florida and have won at least one road game in each of their last six postseason series. However, New York has not won two road games in a single series since 1993 against Pittsburgh.
  • John Tavares scored his eighth career playoff goal Wednesday and third of the series. It was his first career power-play goal in the postseason after going goalless in 47 minutes and 33 seconds of power-play ice time in his first 16 career playoff games.
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New York Islanders center Alan Quine (10) celebrates his game winning goal against the Florida Panthers with left wing Josh Bailey (12) defenseman Marek Zidlicky (28) and left wing Nikolay Kulemin (86) in the second overtime of game five of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at BB&T Center. The Islanders won 2-1. (Robert Mayer)
New York Islanders center Alan Quine (10) celebrates his game winning goal against the Florida Panthers with left wing Josh Bailey (12) defenseman Marek Zidlicky (28) and left wing Nikolay Kulemin (86) in the second overtime of game five of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at BB&T Center. The Islanders won 2-1. (Robert Mayer)

Alan Quine scored on a power play at 16 minutes of the second overtime, Thomas Greiss stopped 47 shots and the Islanders beat the Florida Panthers 2-1 on Friday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Roberto Luongo made 40 saves for Florida, which missed a penalty shot in the first overtime and was whistled for two penalties in the second overtime.

The Isles' second OT power play came when Derek Mackenzie was called for slashing at 14:31, and that would be the break New York finally needed. Quine's blast from the right side beat Luongo, and the Islanders swarmed the ice in celebration.

It was the second overtime game of the series, the other being New York's home win in Game 3. Exclude Florida's empty-net goal that sealed Game 2, and all five games of this matchup between 100-plus-point regular-season clubs has been of the one-goal variety. >> Read more.  

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New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal against the Florida Panthers. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal against the Florida Panthers. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Thomas Hickey scored 12:31 into overtime to lift the Islanders to a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers on Sunday in Game 3 of their first-round series, giving New York a win in its first playoff game in Brooklyn.

Ryan Pulock, Shane Prince and Frans Nielsen scored for the Islanders, and Thomas Greiss had 36 saves. John Tavares and Kyle Okposo each had two assists.

Hickey scored on a one-timer off a pass from Brock Nelson from behind the net to give the Islanders a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is in Brooklyn on Wednesday night.

Tags: Calvin De Haan, Florida Panthers, Frans Nielsen, John Tavares, Kyle Okposo, Thomas Greiss, Thomas Hickey
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New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey (14) celebrates with teammates after scoring the game winning goal (Geoff Burke)
New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey (14) celebrates with teammates after scoring the game winning goal (Geoff Burke)

The Islanders and Panthers kick off their playoff series on Thursday at 8 p.m. in the BB&T Center.

According to STATS...

  • The Islanders garnered at least one point in seven of their last nine tilts during the regular season (6-2-1 record), and have made the playoffs in back-to-back years for the first time since a three-season run from 2002 to 2004. New York's last postseason series win came in 1993 vs. Pittsburgh (has lost eight straight series since).
  • Florida won five of its last six contests, setting a franchise record with 47 victories in 2015-16, on its way to its first 100+ point season all-time. The Panthers, who are making just their second playoff appearance in the last 15 seasons (also 2012), haven't won a postseason series since beating Pittsburgh in the 1996 Conference Finals.
  • The Panthers took two of three from the Isles during the regular season, including a 2-1 shootout win in the clubs' only tilt at BB&T Center on November 27. New York and Florida are meeting in the playoffs for the first time tonight.
  • John Tavares lit the lamp in each of his last four regular-season skates, and despite being a healthy scratch in the season finale, ended up leading the Islanders in scoring for the sixth time in his seven NHL campaigns. Tavares has 11 points (5g, 6a) in 13 career postseason games.
  • Jaromir Jagr led all Florida skaters with 66 points in 2015-16, marking the fifth different club he's garnered a scoring title for in his 22 NHL campaigns (also Pittsburgh, Washington, NY Rangers and New Jersey). Jagr enters tonight's tilt with 199 career postseason points -- fifth most of any NHL skater all-time.
  • The Islanders are 22-4 all-time when taking Game 1 of any postseason series. Florida has played in seven postseason series all-time, winning Game 1 four times (3-1 series record when taking Game 1).
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New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey celebrates with teammates after scoring the game winning goal against the Washington Capitals in overtime at Verizon Center. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey celebrates with teammates after scoring the game winning goal against the Washington Capitals in overtime at Verizon Center. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports Images)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

The New York Islanders are one of only four teams who, as of Saturday morning, will have two games remaining on their 2015-16 schedule, as snow forced the postponement of games in Brooklyn and Washington back in January.

The Islanders, after facing the Buffalo Sabres and super-rookie Jack Eichel on Saturday night, will close things out with a grudge match against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, a game that could have huge playoff implications for the Flyers as they chase the final wild card spot in the Eastern conference. In the league's other final game, the Anaheim Ducks will travel to Washington to take on the Capitals.

Tags: Anders Lee, Cal Clutterbuck, Florida Panthers, Jaroslav Halak, Matt Martin, Mikhail Grabovski, Pittsburgh Penguins, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault praises his team for battling and withstanding the Panthers on Monday night.

Mats Zuccarello was one of four Rangers to score a goal as New York beat the Florida Panthers, 4-2, on Monday.

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New York Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Rangers host the Florida Panthers at Madison Square Garden on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

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New York Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck carries the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck carries the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA Today Sports Images)

Cal Clutterbuck scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:39 remaining to cap New York's three-goal third period, lifting the Islanders to a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Monday night.

Kyle Okposo and Josh Bailey scored earlier in the third as the Islanders scored all their goals in a 5 1/2-minute stretch after trailing 2-0 heading to the final period. Thomas Greiss finished with 23 saves as the Islanders snapped a two-game skid and pulled one point behind the crosstown-rival Rangers for second place in the Metropolitan Division.

Aleksander Barkov had a goal and an assist, Nick Bjugstad also scored and Jonathan Huberdeau had two assists for the Panthers. Roberto Luongo stopped 25 shots. >> Read more

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Florida Panthers, Josh Bailey, Kyle Okposo, Thomas Greiss
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New York Islanders forward John Tavares goes to the net against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at the Air Canada Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders forward John Tavares goes to the net against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at the Air Canada Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Islanders face the Florida Panthers at Barclays Center on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Islanders are 5-0-1 in their last six home games. The six-game point streak at home is the longest for New York since a run of seven games from March 29 -- Oct. 17, 2015.
  • The Panthers have won four consecutive meetings with the Islanders for only the third time in team history. Florida previously won five in a row over New York from Oct 28, 1993 -- April 14, 1994 and six straight from March 17, 2007 -- Oct. 18, 2008.
  • John Tavares picked up his 200th career goal Saturday afternoon in Boston. Tavares is one of seven players with 200+ goals since 2009-10, and his 255 assists are the most among those seven players.
  • Reilly Smith scored two goals in Saturday's win over the Flyers, including his 13th in the third period. No Panther has had more third-period goals since Pavel Bure's 19 in 2000-01.
  • Travis Hamonic has logged at least 23 minutes of ice time in each of the last six games, matching his longest streak of the season. Hamonic has not been on the ice for 23+ minutes in seven straight games since his career-long run of 19 games from March 4 -- April 13, 2014.
  • Jaromir Jagr has played 108 career games against the Islanders and has failed to score in consecutive games only three times (Nov. 23 -- Dec. 23, 1991; Feb. 25 -- March 9, 1995; and Jan. 19 -- Feb. 7, 2012).
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Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton celebrates after beating the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship football game at Bank of America Stadium. (Bob Donnan/USATSI)
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton celebrates after beating the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship football game at Bank of America Stadium. (Bob Donnan/USATSI)

Quarterback Cam Newton threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more as the Carolina Panthers blew out the Arizona Cardinals, 49-15, Sunday in the NFC Championship Game. Newton threw an 86-yard pass to Corey Brown and a five-yard touchdown pass to Devin Funchess, and had touchdown runs of one yard and 12 yards. Carson Palmer lost two fumbles and threw four interceptions, including a pick-six to Luke Kuechly in the fourth quarter. >> Read more on the Panthers win...

The Denver Broncos defense stopped Tom Brady on a potential game-tying two-point conversion after his four-yard touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski brought the New England Patriots within two points, as the Broncos won the AFC Championship Game, 20-18, and head to their second Super Bowl in three years. 

Denver's defense sacked Brady four times and intercepted him twice, excluding Bradley Roby's pick on the two-point attempt. Quarterback Peyton Manning threw two touchdowns to tight end Owen Daniels. >> Read more on the Broncos win...

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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning celebrates after defeating the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning celebrates after defeating the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

The Denver Broncos defense stopped Tom Brady on a potential game-tying two-point conversion after his four-yard touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski brought the New England Patriots within two points, as the Broncos won the AFC Championship Game, 20-18, and head to their second Super Bowl in three years. 

Denver's defense sacked Brady four times and intercepted him twice, excluding Bradley Roby's pick on the two-point attempt. Quarterback Peyton Manning threw two touchdowns to tight end Owen Daniels. >> Read more on the Broncos win...

Quarterback Cam Newton threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more as the Carolina Panthers blew out the Arizona Cardinals, 49-15, Sunday in the NFC Championship Game. Newton threw an 86-yard pass to Corey Brown and a five-yard touchdown pass to Devin Funchess, and had touchdown runs of one yard and 12 yards. Carson Palmer lost two fumbles and threw four interceptions, including a pick-six to Luke Kuechly in the fourth quarter. >> Read more on the Panthers win...

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New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello controls the puck against the Anaheim Ducks during the overtime period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USATSI)
New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello controls the puck against the Anaheim Ducks during the overtime period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USATSI)

The Rangers take on the Florida Panthers on the road Saturday at 7 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • The Panthers have won seven straight games, allowing one goal or fewer in five of the seven games. The seven-game win streak is tied for the longest in franchise history. The Panthers have had four different seven-game winning streaks in team history, the last was from March 2-16, 2008.
  • Florida is 9-2-3 against the Metropolitan Division. The nine wins are the most by any team versus the Metropolitan Division this season. The Panthers have allowed just 18 first-period goals this season, the fewest in the NHL by any team in any period.
  • Aleksander Barkov leads the Panthers with 10 points (5 goals, 5 assists) during their seven-game win streak. Barkov has two goals in each of his last two games. He is the eighth Panther all-time with back-to-back multi-goal games, and first since Shawn Matthias in March of 2013. No Panther has ever had 2+ goals in three consecutive games.
  • The Rangers have won two of their last three games (2-1-0), after dropping three straight in regulation and allowing 5+ goals in all three losses. New York has allowed multiple power-play goals in four of its last six games.
  • New York has won seven consecutive games against Florida, outscoring the Panthers 28-16. The seven-game win streak is tied for the Rangers second-longest active win streak versus any opponent. The Rangers have won eight straight against the Hurricanes and also seven straight against the Sabres.
  • Mats Zuccarello scored his team-leading 16th goal on Wednesday at Tampa Bay. Zuccarello has 16 goals in 38 games this season, after totaling just 15 goals in 78 games in 2014-15.
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Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo (1) makes a save in the second period of a game against the Ottawa Senators at BB&T Center. (Robert Mayer)
Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo (1) makes a save in the second period of a game against the Ottawa Senators at BB&T Center. (Robert Mayer)

The Devils host the Florida Panthers on Thursday at 7 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • After getting shutout by the Islanders, the Devils blanked Buffalo in their next game. It was the first time New Jersey allowed no goals in the game immediately after scoring no goals since November 7, 2013.
  • The Panthers scored five goals on just 16 shots in their win over the Islanders on Tuesday. Their shooting percentage of 31.3 percent was the fourth-highest single-game figure in team history.
  • Adam Henrique, Kyle Palmieri, and Mike Cammalleri each have at least 10 goals and 10 assists this season, tied for the most such players by any Eastern Conference team with the Rangers and the Seantors.
  • 19-year-old Aaron Ekblad has 39 career points, currently tied with Bryan Berard and one point behind Cam Fowler (40) and Scott Niedermayer (40) for the most points by a defenseman as a teenager since 1987-88.
  • Corey Schneider notched his second shutout on the year Tuesday at Buffalo. It was the 18th time this season Schneider has posted a save percentage of .920 or better, the most of any goaltender.
  • Roberto Luongo's 10-16-0 (.385) career record against the Devils is his third worst against any opponent (Rangers, .370; Canucks, .375). Luongo's three-game losing streak to New Jersey is his longest since dropping six straight from November 13, 2003 -- January 3, 2006.
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New York Giants wide reciever Odell Beckham Jr (13) runs untouched into the endzone for a Giants touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. (Robert Duyos)
New York Giants wide reciever Odell Beckham Jr (13) runs untouched into the endzone for a Giants touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. (Robert Duyos)

With game day nearing, we delve into the scouting report to break down the Giants' Week 15 opponent: the Carolina Panthers.

Here are some numbers that tell the story about the NFC-leading Panthers, including how they have fared so far in the 2015 season and the Giants' history against them…

1: Carolina has allowed only 1 opposing player to rush for more than 100 yards against them - Tampa Bay's Doug Martin back in Week 4. The Panthers have held opponents under 100 yards rushing the past six games and in nine of 13 games overall.

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The New York Islanders salute the fans after defeating the New Jersey Devils 4-0 at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin)
The New York Islanders salute the fans after defeating the New Jersey Devils 4-0 at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin)

(AP) -- The Florida Panthers weren't up to the challenge in the opener of their road trip. A more difficult one appears to be forthcoming.

The New York Islanders are riding a 10-game point streak and seek a sixth consecutive home win when the teams face off Tuesday night.

New York (18-8-5) has gone on a 7-0-1 tear to vault into second place in the Metropolitan Division. Having ground out close wins for much of the surge, the Islanders had a less stressful result to move to 8-0-2 over their last 10 with Sunday's 4-0 victory over New Jersey.

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The Islanders have won five straight, albeit they did not make it easy on themselves Friday night. They blew a 3-1 lead in the third period, but eventually won in the shootout. It wasn't a perfect win, but a win is a win.

For the game recap, click here.

Below are some quick thoughts and notes on the Islanders 4-3 shootout win over Florida:

  • It goes without saying, but the Islanders allowed the Panthers to control the final 10-12 minutes of Friday night's game. Florida controlled the play and kept the puck in the Islanders zone. They scored two goals in that time period to tie the game, and they also kept the momentum going in their favor into OT. This isn't something the Isles should make a habit of and it speaks to the notion that they play down to their opponent sometimes.
  • The parade of penalties was also something the Islanders can ill afford to do again. They took six penalties -- three of which occurred in the third and one in overtime. Luckily the Panthers capitalized on only one opportunity and the penalty kill played a strong game otherwise. The perfect streak may be over for the Islanders PK, but they still have been playing their best while a man down in quite a while.
  • As I said before, a win is a win. The Islanders, and any team for that matter, will take the points anyway they can get them. Also it is hard to say that last year's team would have gotten a win. I know it's been a point that has been said time and time again, but this is certainly a different team than in years past. They're not just happy with getting a win. They hold themselves to a higher standard and I would expect a much better performance from them in Tampa.
  • Josh Bailey looked good in his first game back from a hand injury. He played 13:56, had an assist on John Tavares's second period goal, and finished the game a plus-1. He also had some playing time on the Islanders top line after Jack Capuano decided to change things up during the game.
  • Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo both scored in the shootout. And both goals were pretty sweet.
  • Jaroslav Halak made 35 saves in the win and finished the game with a .921 save percentage.
  • Travis Harmonic led all Islanders in ice time with 23:35. Cal Clutterbuck played a game low 12:12 in ice time. He also left in the third period due to an injury.
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With just one game left, the NFC playoff picture isn't written in ink. Two games will decide division titles in both the NFC East and the NFC North, while somehow the New Orleans Saints are in jeopardy of missing the playoffs altogether if the Arizona Cardinals are able to sneak in.

Here is a look at where the NFC stands as of right now...

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The NFC is a little easier to understand when it comes to clinching scenarios, but more teams are involved in the process, especially the NFC North where the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears all still have a chance at the title.

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Just three weeks left of the NFL season and the playoff picture in the NFC is still very much in flux. Both the Seahawks and the Panthers suffered losses this past week, but which hurts more than the other? In a battle in the blizzard, the Eagles were able to secure a huge win against the Lions, and coupled with a Cowboys loss, Philly is in the driver seat in the NFC East. Speaking of the NFC East, the Giants and the Redskins embarrassed themselves over this past week with blowout losses, while the cross-country Niners are inching closer to becoming the best of the best in the conference. Here are my NFC Power Rankings for week 14...

?1. Seattle Seahawks?(11-2):?Say what you want about the Seahawks. Yes, they lost to the Niners this past week. Yes, they are still at the top of my list in the NFC. Yes, they are still the BEST team in the NFC right now, and if Seattle can clinch home-field advantage this weekend, the odds of them booking a flight to New Jersey for the Super Bowl are very high. If not for a busted defensive play that setup the Niners in FG range late in the game, Seattle might be singing a different tune, but nonetheless they are still the team to beat in the NFC. Believe me, the Seahawks will?learn from this road loss and?only get better, because that is the type of team that they are.?Ranking last week: 1

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Here?s this week?s Jeane Coakley 1-on-1 with Rex Ryan ? they talk about the win over the Raiders and facing Cam Newton and the Panthers.

http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=31262939

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?1. Seattle Seahawks?(11-1):?It didn't take long for the Seahawks as they proved once again, that home-field advantage could be the deciding factor this year in the playoffs, and luckily for them, it looks like the NFC Playoffs will go through Seattle. The Seahawks had their foot on the gas pedal from kickoff and jumped out to an early lead at the end of the first quarter 17-0. While their offense was impressive, the defense has to be commended for holding future Hall of Famer Drew Brees to just 147 yards through the air, a number that just doesn't look right next to Brees' name as he usually racks up 300+ yards a game. Russell Wilson & Co. didn't look back and routed the Saints by a final score of 34-7. If Peyton Manning wasn't having the year he is, Wilson would have to be considered for MVP. Face the facts, the Seahawks are easily the best in the NFC. Ranking last week: 1

2. Carolina Panthers (9-3): Praying for a Saints loss, the Panthers got their wish, setting up a matchup against New Orleans with first place in the NFC South on the line. Carolina won their eighth straight game against the Buccaneers, and their defense shined, holding Tampa Bay to just two FG's. Cam Newton had another mediocre game, throwing two touchdowns accompanied by two interceptions, but it didn't matter in the end. Maybe his mind was still on Auburn shocking Alabama just a day earlier, who knows. But the Panthers are on a roll, and when teams end the season hot, it can only bode well for them. Will the Panthers defense eat up the Saints like the Seahawks did? My money is on Carolina. Ranking last week: 3

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