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Islanders Gameday News: Game 1 vs. Panthers is upon us

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Tonight's the night! Finally.

Let's get this party started.
Let's get this party started.
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It's going to be a busy two days. Hope you're rested.

Islanders Reads
  • Newsday's Arthur Staple called in to our latest Islanders Anxiety podcast.
  • You probably know the common history for the Isles and Panthers. [Newsday]
  • The games will air on WFAN and WCBS. [LHH]
  • For either team, the breakthrough will not be easy. [Post]
  • No but really, the playoff win drought has to end now. [Brooklyn Eagle]
  • The Isles' top line -- now with Frans Nielsen -- is three guys who have been through it all with this team. [Newsday]
  • How the Isles stuck with Greg Cronin's approach to finally fix their penalty kill. [Times]
  • A positional and tactical breakdown of both goalies, with the edge given to Luongo. [NHL]
  • Greiss holds the key to the Isles' hopes. [Post]
  • Luongo has waited a good long time to play a Panthers playoff game. [Miami Herald]
  • And we'll hear a lot about the fourth line, they like this time of year. [Newsday]
  • Speaking of which, the Ryan Whitney/Mike Rupp breakdown of each series has tons of praise for the fourth liners. [Players Tribune]
  • So a celebrity fan picks the Isles. [Daily News]
  • Last night, Dan was on Sports with the StatMan previewing the series and the X-Factors.
  • Analyzing the Panthers. [LBC]
  • Remembering the original "Year of the Rat," the Panthers' magical 1996 run to the finals. [Miami Herald]
  • Ross Johnston getting his NHL debut was awesome, basically. Family made it. [Guardian]
  • Michael Dal Colle's team was swept by Joshua Ho-Sang's team, so Dal Colle is headed to Bridgeport. [LHH]

Oh, and in the Games 1 on the first night of the playoffs, Pittsburgh, Tampa and St. Louis won. We had an open thread but you can continue that discussion here too.