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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 6 2 4 3 6
J. Bailey 6 2 3 2 5
N. Leddy 6 0 5 1 5
R. Strome 6 2 1 1 3
K. Okposo 6 2 1 1 3
C. Clutterbuck 6 2 1 2 3
B. Nelson 5 2 0 1 2
N. Kulemin 6 1 1 0 2
L. Visnovsky 4 0 2 5 2
J. Boychuk 6 0 2 1 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 3 3 1 .926 2.34
M. Neuvirth 0 0 0 1.000 0.00

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