Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
|New York Islanders
18-16-4 (40 points – 3rd in Atlantic Division, 8th in Eastern Conference)
|Tampa Bay Lightning
16-18-2 (34 points - 4th in Southeast Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring
Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
|Season series (2-0-0)
The Islanders notched their first win of the season in the first meeting between the Isles and Lightning on Jan 21. John Tavares tallied two assists as the Islanders earned a 4-3 win. In the second matchup against the Lightning, Evgeni Nabokov stole the show, stopping all 18 shots he faced as the Isles won 2-0.
Mar. 14, 2013: NYI 2, TBL 0 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
|Lightning player to watch
Ben Bishop - Goaltender
Acquired at the trade deadline from Ottawa, Bishop shined in his first appearance in a Tampa Bay uniform. One day after being traded, Bishop made 45 saves in a 5-0 win against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Lightning paid a hefty price in Calder Trophy candidate Cory Conacher, but general manager Steve Yzerman feels the Lightning now have their goaltender of the future.
•The Islanders return home for the first of a two-game homestand following a 2-1 shootout loss against the Capitals Thursday in D.C.
•With a record of 5-1-1 in their last seven games, the Islanders have soared up the Eastern Conference standings into eighth place.
•During that seven-game stretch, the Islanders have only conceded 12 goals
•John Tavares’s 23 goals are just two behind Steven Stamkos’ NHL-leading 25.
Last 10 games
|New York Islanders previous game lines
26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes
12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen – 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner – 10 Keith Aucoin - 13 Colin McDonald
53 Casey Cizikas– 16 Marty Reasoner – 17 Matt Martin
3 Travis Hamonic - 47 Andrew MacDonald
14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
2 Mark Streit – 4 Radek Martinek
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
|Tampa Bay Lightning previous game lines
67 Benoit Pouliot – 91 Steven Stamkos - 26 Martin St. Louis
14 Brett Connolly – 4 Vincent Lecavalier - 71 Richard Panik
17 Alex Killorn – 11 Tom Pyatt - 16 Teddy Purcell
42 Dana Tyrell – 63 Tyler Johnson - 19 BJ Crombeen
6 Sami Salo - 77 Victor Hedman
2 Eric Brewer – 25 Matthew Carle
3 Keith Aulie - 75 Radko Gudas
30 Ben Bishop
32 Mathieu Garon
|What's Happening at the Coliseum
•Lower Lobby Opens at 5pm