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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Lightning

The Islanders battle the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday night at Nassau Coliseum.

Tuesday, 12.17.2013 / 12:00 AM / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Lightning
The Islanders battle the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday night at Nassau Coliseum. (7:00 p.m., MSG PLUS, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM)

New York Islanders
9-19-6 (24 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 15th in Eastern Conference)
5-6-6 home
Tampa Bay Lightning
19-11-3 (41 points - 3rd in Atlantic Division, 4th in Eastern Conference)
7-8-2 road
7:00  p.m.
Nassau Coliseum
Uniondale, NY 
 
Television: MSG PLUS
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM
Play-by-play :Chris King
2012-13 season series (3-0-0)

The Islanders swept the 2012-13 season series from the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-0, or six points to one. The Islanders won both games at Nassau Coliseum, 4-3 on Jan. 21 and 4-2 on Apr. 6. Evgeni Nabokov was in goal for all three wins against the Bolts, including an 18-save, 2-0 shutout at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Matt Martin scored the game-winner in the teams’ most recent meeting.

LAST GAME: 
Apr 6, 2013: NYI 4, TBL 2 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Lightning player to watch
Martin St. Louis - Forward

At 38-years-old, Martin St. Louis has defied the aging process and continues to be at top producer in the NHL. St. Louis leads the Lightning with 31 points (13g/18a) in 33 games and is only under a point-per-game pace for the second time in his last five seasons. The two-time Art Ross Trophy winner (2003-04, 2012-13) has already had 10 multi-point games this season and three game-winning goals.

 
Islanders Storylines
Battered Bolts: The Lightning are missing one of the games top goal scorers, as Steven Stamkos is sidelined with a broken leg. Stamkos had 23 points in 17 games before his injury and still leads the team with 14 goals. Victor Hedman, the Lightning’s top offensive defenseman, is also out with an injury.
Whoa, Nabby: Evgeni Nabokov was sharp in his return from a groin injury, stopping 24-of-25 shots in a 1-0 overtime loss Saturday night.
Point Streak: The Islanders have recorded a point in three straight games at Nassau Coliseum.
The Matchup
Islanders
15.2% (23rd)
72.0% (30th)
83
118
1-6-3


   
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Lightning
15.5 (22nd)
84.4% (10th)
90
80
5-3-2
       
 
  

New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
26 Thomas Vanek – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner – 51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
29 Brock Nelson – 18 Ryan Strome – 15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin – 16 Peter Regin – 36 Eric Boulton

Defensemen
47 Andrew MacDonald –
14 Thomas Hickey
3 Travis Hamonic – 44 Calvin de Haan
55 Aaron Ness – 37 Brian Strait

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Pouli
Tampa Bay Lightning previous game lines
Forwards
18 Ondrej Palat
9 Tyler Johnson 26 Martin St. Louis
17 Alex Killorn
51 Valtteri Filppula 16 Teddy Purcell
23 J.T. Brown
44 Nate Thompson 56 Nikita Kucherov
19 B.J. Crombeen
42 Dana Tyrell 76 Pierre-Cedric Labrie

Defensemen
2 Eric Brewer
62 Andrej Sustr
25 Matt Carle
7 Radkos Gudas
6 Sami Salo
55 Matt Taormina

Goaltenders
30 Ben Bishop
39 Anders Lindback

What's Happening at the Coliseum:
Lower Lobby Opens at 5pm
Doors Open at 5:45pm
50/50 Raffle benefitting the SBPLI
Mercedes Benz Chuck-a-Puck
Pre-Order Your Stadium Series™ Jersey
Upcoming Toy Drive on 12/21

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 NYI 66 42 21 3 211 185 87
3 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
4 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 66 35 21 10 194 164 80
8 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
9 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
10 PHI 65 28 25 12 173 187 68
11 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 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 66 31 36 5 67
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 66 14 28 22 42
B. Nelson 66 18 20 8 38
F. Nielsen 66 11 26 13 37
A. Lee 60 22 13 14 35
J. Bailey 54 13 20 13 33
J. Boychuk 56 7 25 15 32
N. Leddy 66 9 19 17 28
T. Hamonic 56 4 21 16 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 34 13 1 .911 2.48
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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