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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Saturday, 04.6.2013 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Greg Picker
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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)
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

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 49 15 26 -7 41
J. Tavares 48 19 21 -4 40
F. Nielsen 51 15 18 0 33
B. Nelson 51 20 11 1 31
M. Grabovski 51 9 15 2 24
J. Bailey 50 9 15 5 24
N. Leddy 51 3 20 -8 23
A. Lee 51 7 15 1 22
R. Strome 40 5 14 -6 19
C. Clutterbuck 50 11 4 6 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 12 11 4 .917 2.28
T. Greiss 14 6 2 .929 2.26
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