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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 ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Lightning

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

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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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