Florida at New York 2pm Msg+

New York Islander Fan Central | 12/31/2008 01:51:00 PM |
Mike Sillinger out with hip problems, Rick DiPietro expected back during road trip, Trevor Smith recalled.

Newsday: Arthur Staple also reported Mitch Fritz was placed on waivers to recall Smith.

Panthers are trying to win their franchise record eighth December game but come in on a three game losing streak with two straight losses to Tampa and one to Montreal.

They had two shutouts before this losing streak.

David Booth is the Panthers leading scorer.

Florida Panthers
Injury Expected Return
12/30/08 Bryan Allen D Knee IR. Out until at least March
12/29/08 Kamil Kreps C Shoulder IR. Out until at least mid-January
12/30/08 Rostislav Olesz LW Groin IR. Out until at least mid-January

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Islanders have been playing a lot of struggling clubs this month and have not take advantage, whether it's Craig Anderson or Thomas Vokoun in goal both have had the Islanders number and this is a Panthers club that wants to stay in the playoff race and no doubt have some confidence against the Islanders.

Last time the teams met in Florida Vokoun shut out the Islanders who were one pass short of a quality chance most of the game. DiPietro started and after a goal in the opening seconds was solid the rest of the game.

Radek Dvorak and their forwards carried the play most of the contest.

Not sure what we will see from the Islanders here in terms of lineup (as usual) or

After this one the Islanders will be on the road for five straight against teams like San Jose and Calgary.

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