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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Saturday, 04.06.2013 / 12:00 AM / News
By Greg Picker
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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Islanders return home to finish the season series with the Lightning
New York Islanders
18-16-4 (40 points – 3rd in Atlantic Division, 8th in Eastern Conference)
7-11-2 home
Tampa Bay Lightning
16-18-2 (34 points - 4th in Southeast Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
6-11-0 away
7:00 p.m.
Nassau Coliseum
Uniondale, NY
 
 
Television: MSG+2
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.

Islanders Storylines
•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
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The Matchup
Islanders
21.4% (28/131)
80.7% (92/114)
109
117
5-4-1

 
 
 
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games


 
     
  
Lightning
17.4% (23/132)
79.8% (96/117)
117
106
5-4-1
    
 
 
 
 
New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
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

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 previous game lines
Forwards
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

Defensemen
6 Sami Salo - 77 Victor Hedman
2 Eric Brewer – 25 Matthew Carle
3 Keith Aulie - 75 Radko Gudas

Goaltenders
30 Ben Bishop
32 Mathieu Garon

What's Happening at the Coliseum

Lower Lobby Opens at 5pm
Doors Open at 5:45pm
Long Island Spring Home Show – in Expo Center until 10pm (Free Admission)
FourSquare Offer: Check into Nassau Coliseum and unlock 10% off your purchase at the Islanders Team Store (First 50 receive a FREE gift)
Team Store Scratch off Ticket Offer
50/50 Raffle
Jerseys Off the Back Auction
Met-Rx Skate with the Greats Event – 30 minutes after the end of Islanders’ game

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 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
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 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 61 26 31 4 157 191 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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