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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Tampa Bay Lightning

Thursday, 03.14.2013 / 12:00 AM / News
By Travis Betts
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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Tampa Bay Lightning
Islanders head to Florida to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning
New York Islanders
11-12-3 (25 points – 4th in Atlantic Division, 10th in Eastern Conference)
6-4-1 road
Tampa Bay Lightning
11-14-1 (23 points - 3rd in Southeast Division, 12th in Eastern Conference)
6-6-1 home
7:30 p.m.
Tampa Bay Times Forum
Tampa, FL

Television: MSG
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (1-0-0)
The Islanders won the first meeting between the two teams back on Jan. 21 thanks to goals from Michael Grabner, Kyle Okposo, Matt Martin and David Ullstrom. The Isles got off to a 4-0 lead before allowing three straight goals in the third period. Evgeni Nabokov held strong late, stopping 23-of-26 shots overall to earn the Islanders their first win of the season.

Jan. 21, 2013: NYI 4, TBL 3 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Lightning player to watch
Martin St. Louis - Right Wing

At 37-years-old, Martin St. Louis is enjoying one of the best seasons of his career, ranking fourth in the league with 36 points through 26 games. The Laval, QC native is riding a seven-game point streak (three goals, nine assists), including a one-goal, two-assist effort in a 3-2 win on March 12 at Florida. St. Louis had a goal and an assist in the lone meeting with the Islanders on Jan. 21.
 
Islanders Storylines
•John Tavares has 231 career points, 55 more than any other player selected in the 2009 NHL Draft.
•Matt Martin leads the league with 128 hits, nine more than Buffalo's Steve Ott.
•Andrew MacDonald is tied for fifth in the league with 68 blocked shots.
•Evgeni Nabokov is tied for fifth in the NHL with 11 wins this season.
The Matchup
Islanders
23.0% (23/100)
80.2% (73/91)
77
88
5-3-2
 
 
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games
 
 
  
Lightning
21.0% (21/100)
83.0% (73/88)
88
81
3-7-0
 
 
  
New York Islanders projected lines
Forwards
26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes
12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen – 21 Kyle Okposo
36 Eric Boulton - 16 Marty Reasoner – 41 David Ullstrom
17 Matt Martin - 53 Casey Cizikas – 13 Colin McDonald

Defensemen
3 Travis Hamonic - 47 Andrew MacDonald
14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
2 Mark Streit - 4 Radek Martinek

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin

Tampa Bay Lightning projected lines
Forwards
12 Ryan Malone - 91 Steven Stamkos - 16 Teddy Purcell
26 Martin St. Louis - 4 Vincent Lecavalier - 17 Alex Killorn
74 Ondrej Palat - 44 Nate Thompson - 89 Cory Conacher
11 Tom Pyatt - 19 BJ Crombeen

Defensemen
Sami Salo - 77 Victor Hedman
2 Eric Brewer - 25 Matthew Carle
3 Keith Aulie - 47 Marc-Andre Bergeron
75 Radko Gudas

Goaltenders
39 Anders Lindback
32 Mathieu Garon

Quote of the Day

"I think all the points right now, whether you get one or two in a game, it’s huge. If you look around the league, there’s a lot of overtimes and shootouts. Points are crucial. It’s still a tight race. We’re right there. But we have to match the intensity level. Tampa has some firepower. There’s no question. Playing sound defensively is going to be key for us."

Head Coach Jack Capuano,
on making the best of a two-game trip to Florida

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 64 41 18 5 172 142 87
2 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
3 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
11 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 65 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 65 14 28 23 42
B. Nelson 65 17 20 7 37
F. Nielsen 65 11 25 13 36
A. Lee 59 21 13 13 34
J. Bailey 53 13 19 11 32
J. Boychuk 55 7 23 14 30
N. Leddy 65 8 18 16 26
T. Hamonic 55 4 21 16 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 1 .911 2.47
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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