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Game Preview: Islanders at Lightning

The Islanders look for their third straight road win Thursday night in Tampa Bay.

Thursday, 03.27.2014 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: Islanders at Lightning

New York Islanders
28-35-9 (65 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
17-17-1 road
Tampa Bay Lightning
39-24-9 (87 points - 3rd in Atlantic Division, 4th in Eastern Conference)
20-8-6 home
7:30  p.m.
Tampa Bay Times Forum
Tampa, FL

Television:
MSG PLUS
Play-by-play:
Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News Radio 103.9 FM
Play-by-play: Chris King; Color: Greg Picker
Islanders Storylines
• Road Trip: The Islanders are 13-4-1 in their last 18 road games and have won two straight off Long Island.
Grinders: Grinders Colin McDonald (2G, 1A), Matt Martin (2G) and Cal Clutterbuck (1G) scored all five Islanders goals in the team's 5-4 win on Tuesday.
• Streaking: The Islanders have won two straight while Clutterbuck (2G), Travis Hamonic (1G, 2A) and Calvin de Haan (2A) are all riding two-game point streaks.
• Czuczman: Kevin Czuczman picked up his first NHL point - an assist - on Tuesday night.

Lightning Storylines
• Lightning in a Bottle:
The Lightning have points in nine straight games, going 5-0-4 in that span.
Bishop: Ben Bishop is 34-11-6 with a 2.18 GAA and a .933 SV% in his first full season with the Lightning.
Stamkos: Steven Stamkos dresses for his first game against the Islanders this season.
Rookies: Lightning rookies Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson are second and third in the rookie scoring race. Palat has 19 goals and 32 assists in 72 games, while Johnson has 22 goals and 25 assists.
Islanders player to watch
Matt Martin - Forward

Matt Martin was the hero in the Islanders 5-4 win on Tuesday night, scoring two goals – including the game-winner – against the Hurricanes. The Islanders grinder scored both goals, his sixth and seventh of the season, around the blue paint, tying a career-high in the process. Martin currently leads the NHL with 310 hits – 56 more than no. 2 Cody Franson – and is poised to finish with the most body checks for the third straight season.
Lightning player to watch
Steven Stamkos - Forward

Steven Stamkos faces off against the Islanders for the first time this season after missing the previous two contests with a broken leg. The injury limited Stamkos to 27 games this season, but he has 21 goals in that span, which would put the former 60-goal scorer on pace for 63 this season. The 2008 first-overall pick is one of the most gifted scorers in the league, having won the Rocket Richard Trophy twice in his first four seasons. Stamkos has six tallies in his last five games
2013-14 season series (1-0-1)

The Islanders and Lightning split the first two games of their season series, with both contests decided in overtime/shootout. In their most recent outing, the Islanders rode Kevin Poulin’s 30-save performance to a 2-1 shootout win. Poulin made all three saves in the shootout while Frans Nielsen buried the game-decider.

LAST GAME: 
Jan. 16, 2014: NYI 2, TBL 1 SO - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
The Matchup
Islanders
16.6% (20th)
77.3% (29th)
202
243
5-4-1


 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Lightning
18.3% (16th)
80.0% (24th)
214
193
5-1-4
       
 
  
New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
27 Anders Lee51 Frans Nielsen – 21 Kyle Okposo
12 Josh Bailey 29 Brock Nelson15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin
– 
18 Ryan Strome 13 Colin McDonald
28 Johan Sundstrom – 53 Casey Cizikas – 43 Mike Halmo

Defensemen

44 Calvin de Haan 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey 24 Kevin Czuczman
46 Matt Donovan 7 Matt Carkner
  
Goaltenders
45 Anders Nilsson
20 Evgeni Nabokov
Tampa Bay Lightning previous game lines
Forwards
17 Alex Killorn 91 Steven Stamkos 16 Teddy Purcell
18 Ondrej Palat
51 Valtteri Filppula 24 Ryan Callahan
23 J.T. Brown
9 Tyler Johnson 86 Nikita Kucherov
12 Ryan Malone
44 Nate Thompson 11 Tom Pyatt

Defensemen
77 Victor Hedman
6 Sami Salo
25 Matt Carle
7 Radko Gudas
2 Eric Brewer
21 Mike Kostka

Goaltenders
30 Ben Bishop
39 Anders Lindback

Quote of the Day:
Colin McDonald on the Islanders 5-4 win in Carolina:
“We’ve struggled with holding leads all year, so after the first period we just looked at it as another chance for us to learn how to play with the lead. We have a lot of young guys on this team now, it’s just another chance to gain some experience and keep getting better."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
4 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 50 25 18 7 129 128 57
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 46 17 19 -4 36
K. Okposo 47 12 24 -9 36
B. Nelson 49 20 11 1 31
F. Nielsen 49 15 16 -2 31
M. Grabovski 49 9 15 2 24
J. Bailey 48 8 15 5 23
A. Lee 49 7 14 1 21
N. Leddy 49 3 16 -12 19
R. Strome 38 5 13 -6 18
N. Kulemin 49 5 9 6 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 12 10 4 .921 2.18
T. Greiss 13 6 2 .927 2.32
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