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Islanders @ Lightning - Game preview

Islanders look for third straight road win

Friday, 03.23.2012 / 7:21 PM / 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 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 62 25 32 5 170 189 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 64 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 64 14 27 22 41
B. Nelson 64 17 19 7 36
F. Nielsen 64 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 58 20 13 13 33
J. Bailey 52 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 54 7 23 16 30
N. Leddy 64 8 18 15 26
T. Hamonic 54 4 21 15 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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