My cable guide list the pregame begins at 6:30pm for this 7:30 start.
Islanders Website: Has the preview of tonight's game against the Florida Panthers. Florida has lost three straight one goal games after a four game winning streak but lost it's last game 5-4 in a shootout. Former Islander Richard Zednik has eight goals on the season.
Miami Herald: George Richards reports Thomas Vokoun will start for Florida after being pulled seven minutes into Wednesday's game. Garth Murray injured his right shoulder in Wednesday's game against Ottawa, and is out indefinitely. Tanner Glass was recalled from Rochester. The Panthers are 0-3 in their current five-game homestand. Left Wing David Booth has four goals in the past eight games.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Florida has problems scoring but did score four times against Ottawa and came back in a game they trailed 2-0 before losing in overtime so they are going to be willing to trade goals in what has to be a desperate game for them after losing three straight on home ice. Jokinen tied the game in the final minute to get that game to overtime.
From the Islanders side of things they have to finish their chances and make something work with their powerplay whether it's with Vasicek or other players. Vokoun has to be fragile after being pulled in the first seven minutes his last game, he gave up two goals before he was pulled.
Defense has been protecting DiPietro well, he cannot allow a bad goal from his right side against the post which has been a trend this season. Defense cannot afford a night off on this team, Panthers had three goals on only eleven shots through two peirods against Ottawa.