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Islanders @ Panthers Pre-Game Report | March

The Islanders get back on the horse tonight when they take on the Florida Panthers at the Bank Atlantic Center.

The Isles fell to Lightning last night in a game they should have won. Steven Stamkos gave Tampa Bay a 2-0 lead, but Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo closed the gap. Matt Moulson gave the Islanders the lead 43 seconds into the third. That lead disappeared when Tom Pyatt scored for Tampa and former Islander Tim Wallace scored the game winner. Al Montoya stopped 22 of 26 shots for the Islanders in the loss and had a .846 save percentage.

Tonight, they’ll face a Panthers team that has had their number all season long. The Panthers defeated the Islanders 4-1 last time they met at the Nassau Coliseum.

Evgeni Nabokov is back in net for the Islanders tonight and Jay Pandolfo will be in the lineup. Capuano has not announced the scratches.

Below is the Florida Panthers projected lineup:




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Pre-Game Reading

Michael Fornabaio has the lineups and numbers for this afternoon’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers Vs. Connecticut Whale. Kevin Poulin is playing in his 11th game in 12 days.  (Connecticut Post)

Arthur Staple looks at some of the Isles top prospects and where they will likely be next season. (Newsday)

Could the next few weeks be the end of Al Montoya’s tenure as an Islander? "Obviously, there's no surprises with Nabokov signed now," coach Jack Capuano said. "Al's a great teammate, a great kid and he's trying to help us down the stretch and help himself. You don't know where it's going to go." (Newsday)

Speaking of Nabokov, he likes the Islanders work ethic. (Newsday)

Isles prospect Cory Trivino has caught a small break in his felony case. The DA has dropped six of the most serious charges that could have landed him in jail for at least 20 years. (BU Today)

Quebec City took another step closer to getting an NHL team back. Mayor Regis Lebeaume announced that construction on a brand new $400 million arena will begin in September with hopes to have it completed by 2015. Coyotes fans should be more worried than Isles fans right now. (Pro Hockey Talk)