Game Preview: Islanders vs. Lightning
The Islanders battle the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday night at Nassau Coliseum.
Tuesday, 12.17.2013 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Cory Wright
|New York Islanders
9-19-6 (24 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 15th in Eastern Conference)
|Tampa Bay Lightning
19-11-3 (41 points - 3rd in Atlantic Division, 4th in Eastern Conference)
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.
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.
•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.
|New York Islanders previous game lines
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
47 Andrew MacDonald – 14 Thomas Hickey
3 Travis Hamonic – 44 Calvin de Haan
55 Aaron Ness – 37 Brian Strait
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Pouli
|Tampa Bay Lightning previous game lines
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
2 Eric Brewer – 62 Andrej Sustr
25 Matt Carle – 7 Radkos Gudas
6 Sami Salo – 55 Matt Taormina
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