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Suddenly hot Islanders aim for fifth straight win

NY Islanders (16-29-5) at Florida (24-18-8) 7:30 p.m. EST

SUNRISE, Florida (Ticker) -- After coming up winless in eight

straight games to begin the New Year, the New York Islanders

have finally found some spark.

The Islanders will be looking for their fifth straight win when

they face the Florida Panthers on Thursday.

Sitting with the worst record in the NHL, New York capped its

latest slide with some horrible offensive performances, totaling

four goals in the last four games.

That offense has turned a corner of late, however, with the

Islanders exploding for 13 goals over the last four games. Kyle

Okposo has four goals and six points and Trent Hunter has a pair

of scores.

New York has also benefited from the play of goaltender Yann

Danis, who has been in net for all four wins and has allowed

only seven goals.

The Panthers have been playing well also, winning three of four.

They are coming off a rousing comeback win over the Toronto

Maple Leafs in which they scored a pair of unanswered goals in

the third period before Bryan McCabe banged home the winner in

overtime.

Stephen Weiss collected a goal and two assists in the win and

leads Florida with 35 points.

The teams have split two meetings this season.

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