Game Preview: Islanders at Lightning

The Islanders look to rebound and begin a new winning streak in Tampa Bay.

Thursday, 01.16.2014 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: Islanders at Lightning
The Islanders look to rebound and begin a new winning streak in Tampa Bay. (7:30 p.m., MSG PLUS, WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News 103.9 FM)

New York Islanders
18-23-7 (43 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 15th in Eastern Conference)
11-14-0 road
Tampa Bay Lightning
28-15-4 (60 points - 2nd in Atlantic Division, 3rd in Eastern Conference)
14-5-2 home
7:30  p.m.
Tampa Bay Times Forum
Tampa, FL
 
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; Color: Julian Coltre
2013-14 season series (0-0-1)

The Islanders lost the season series opener to the Lightning 3-2 in a shootout, Dec. 17 at Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders had a 2-0 lead with three minutes to go, but Valtteri Filppula scored twice – the second coming with four seconds left – to force overtime.  Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo scored for the Islanders while Evgeni Nabokov made 34 saves in regulation.

LAST GAME: 
Dec. 17, 2013: TBL 3, NYI 2 (OT) - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Lightning player to watch
Valtteri Filppula - Forward

Valterri Filppula is second on the Bolts with 36 points (18g/18a) in 47 games, but has come alive over the past month, scoring 16 points (8g/8a) in 15 games. Filppula is trying to surpass his career high 66 points (23g/43a) he set in the 2011-12 season with the Detroit Red Wings. The Vantaa, Finland native was recently named to the Finnish Olympic roster at the upcoming Sochi games. He scored two goals against the Islanders in their only meeting this season. 
Islanders Storylines
Winning Clip: The Isles have won four of their last five games and seven of their last eight on the road.
De Haan: Calvin de Haan is riding a five-game point streak (1-6-7).
Strome Loaned to Bridgeport: The Islanders loaned Ryan Strome to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Wednesday.
Vs. Lightning: The Islanders are 9-3-1 in their last 13 games against the Lightning.
Hamonic: Travis Hamonic missed Tuesday's game with an upper-body injury.
The Matchup
Islanders
18.5% (16th)
75.3% (30th)
132
156
7-3-0


   
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Lightning
16.9 (20th)
80.4% (19th)
136
113
5-4-1
       
 
  

New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
26 Thomas Vanek – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
29 Brock Nelson – 51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
40 Michael Grabner – 18 Ryan Strome – 15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 13 Colin McDonald

Defensemen
47 Andrew MacDonald –
37 Brian Strait
14 Thomas Hickey – 44 Calvin de Haan
46 Matt Donovan
7 Matt Carkner

Goaltenders
60 Kevin Poulin
45 Anders Nilsson
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
56 Nikita Kucherov 11 Tom Pyatt 23 J.T. Brown
12 Ryan Malone
42 Dana Tyrell 8 Mark Barberio

Defensemen
77 Victor Hedman 7 Radkos Gudas
2 Eric Brewer
62 Andrej Sustr
25 Matt Carle
22 Jean-Philippe Cote

Goaltenders
30 Ben Bishop
39 Anders Lindback

Quote of the Day:
Islanders head coach Jack Capuano on Ryan Strome:
He knows he has to get stronger to play better down low and away from the puck. It's not a demotion, it's a process and it's good for his development to continue to play as we move forward.
Click here to read the full quote.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
5 PIT 77 42 24 11 211 194 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 PHI 77 31 29 17 202 220 79
12 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 78 29 43 6 204 249 64
16 BUF 77 22 47 8 152 258 52

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
M. Neuvirth 1 3 1 .881 2.94

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