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Sunday on the Island

Islescup UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The Core of the Four is here, Jiggs McDonald serving as Masters of Cemerony on the Nassau Coliseum ice.

Denis Potvin got to carry the Stanley Cup from the nearby Marriott to the arena, then carried the Cup onto the ice for the ceremony. He seems pretty jacked, and why not?

Other guys with Florida ties who are here: Bill Torrey and Duane Sutter.

And the Panthers are here, too.

-- The current Islanders just skated out for warmups wearing the old jerseys complete with the numbers of their former players. Billy Guerin wearing Potvin's No. 5, Sean Burgenheim wearing Duane Sutter's No. 12.

Isleskate Panthers will be wearing their home blues today so the Isles can wear their old-school home whites.

-- It's the Battle of the Backups in net today, Tomas Vokoun getting the day off and Rick "Mike" DiPietro given a leave to attend his grandmother's funeral in Massachusetts. Craig Anderson, who got his first win of the season here on Nypd_2 Jan. 3, is in net for Florida, Wade Dubielewicz (5-4-0 this season) going for the Isles. Sipowicz is 1-0 all-time against the Panthers.

JM says he's playing Andy because he has played well and deserves it, adding that Tomas has been carrying too much of the workload and could use the time off.

-- Center Stephen Weiss is back today, back on his line with David "Boo" Booth and Nathan "Olli" Hortinen. Drew Larman the healthy scratch.

-- No new news on Chad Kilger.