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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 / 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 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 46 21 24 -2 45
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 46 8 25 16 33
B. Nelson 46 15 15 6 30
F. Nielsen 46 9 16 4 25
J. Boychuk 36 4 18 15 22
J. Bailey 34 8 13 8 21
N. Leddy 46 7 14 15 21
N. Kulemin 46 11 9 1 20
A. Lee 40 13 5 7 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 25 9 0 .910 2.41
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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