Islanders @ Lightning - Game preview

Islanders look for third straight road win

Friday, 03.23.2012 / 7:21 PM ET / News
By Jesse D. Eisenberg
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Islanders @ Lightning - Game preview
Team Record: 20-32-11
Last Game: 5-2 W @ TOR
Season Series: 2-0-1 of 4
Team Record: 33-33-7
Last Game: 3-2 SOW v EDM
Season Series: 1-2-0 of 4
Mark Streit
The Islanders captain has points in his last five games, tallying a goal with six assists during that stretch. A vocal leader in the locker room and in the media, Streit is one of the primary forces responsible for keeping the team motivated and focused during the final weeks of the season, regardless of the standings. 

As he has during each year that he’s played for the Islanders, Streit is once again leading the team’s defensemen in goals (6), assists (36) and points (42). He is the fourth defenseman in Islanders history to post 40+ points in at least three seasons, joining Denis Potvin, Tomas Jonsson and Stefan Persson.
Tim Wallace
The former Islander was claimed off waivers by Tampa Bay on Feb. 23, and has seen an uptick in his production with his new club. He tallied just one assist in 31 games during his time with the Isles, but has already netted two goals and two assists in 11 games with Tampa Bay. 

Wallace secured his first-career NHL goal during his third game with the Lightning on Mar. 3 at Carolina against, beating proven net minder Cam Ward. Skating on Tampa Bay’s third line with JT Wyman and Trevor Smith, Wallace has two assists in his last three games and has posted an “even” or better plus-minus rating in 10-of-11 games with his new club.
Series Rap Up: The Islanders and Lightning conclude their four-game season series tonight at St. Pete Times Forum. The home team has won each of the first three meetings this season, with the Islanders out-scoring the Lightning 11-6 in the series. Al Montoya was in goal for both Islanders victories against Tampa Bay this season, wihle John Tavares has three goals and three assists in the series.

Moulson's Career High:
Matt Moulson established a new career best with his 32nd goal of the season Tuesday in Toronto. He's the first Islander to post three-consecutive 30-goal seasons since Zigmund Palffy (1995-96 to 1997-98). Moulson has also posted career highs in assists (29) and points (60) this season.

Point-Per-Game:
John Tavares has posted career highs in goals (31), assists (42) and points (73) in 73 games this season. He is the fourth player in Islanders history to post at least 73 points at age 21 or younger; the other three have banners hanging at the Coliseum: Mike Bossy, Bryan Trottier and Denis Potvin. Tavares is on pace for 82 points this season, which would be the highest Islanders total since Zigmund Palffy had 87 in 1997-98.
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The New York Islanders scored five unanswered goals to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 on Dec. 6 at Nassau Coliseum. Martin St. Louis opened the scoring for Tampa Bay before John Tavares, Matt Martin, Milan Jurcina, David Ullstrom and Matt Moulson responded for the Islanders. Ullstrom’s score was his first career goal and Jurcina’s was his first of the season. Al Montoya stopped 23 shots for the winr accounted for the other Toronto goals.


Click the photo for gallery from the last time the Islanders played the Lightning.
Player
Date of
Injury
Games
Missed
Prognosis
DiPietro 1/3 Sports hernia/knee swelling 37  10 weeks
Islanders
Power play: 18.6%
Penalty kill: 81.0%
Home record: 15-16-6
Road record: 15-16-5
Goals For: 174
Goals Against: 212
Lightning
Power play: 15.6%
Penalty kill: 78.3%
Home record: 22-14-2
Road record: 11-19-5
Goals For: 205
Goals Against: 249




Answer from Tuesday's question: What Islanders rookie was the last to record a five-point game vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs? The answer is: Mikko Makela. Makela scored two goals and three goals in a five-point effort against the Leafs on Jan. 28, 1986.
Check back after morning media availability for lineup updates.

Lightning Expected Lineups
Forwards:
St. Louis-Stamkos-Purcell
Malone-Pyatt-Connolly
Wyman-Smith-Wallace
Labrie-Segal-Commodore

Defensemen:
Brewer-Hedman
Clark-Lee
Aulie-Mikkelson


Goaltenders:
Roloson; Caron



Jack Capuano on Evgeni Nabokov's one-year contract extension: "One thing you have to realize as a coach is you never know what kind of a team you're going to have. So many things happen in the offseason. But it's a great signing. Nabby came to the organization, probably didn't know what to expect at the start, and really fit in with the guys and has played very well for us."
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SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 76 34 40 -3 74
R. Strome 75 15 32 19 47
K. Okposo 54 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 75 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 76 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 70 23 16 12 39
J. Bailey 64 15 23 4 38
J. Boychuk 66 8 25 9 33
T. Hamonic 66 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 72 10 19 15 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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