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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 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 TOR 49 22 23 4 143 152 48
11 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 47 22 24 -1 46
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 47 9 25 17 34
B. Nelson 47 15 15 6 30
F. Nielsen 47 9 17 5 26
J. Boychuk 37 4 20 17 24
J. Bailey 35 8 14 9 22
N. Leddy 47 7 14 15 21
N. Kulemin 47 11 9 1 20
A. Lee 41 13 5 8 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 9 0 .913 2.37
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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