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
|New York Islanders
28-35-9 (65 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
|Tampa Bay Lightning
39-24-9 (87 points - 3rd in Atlantic Division, 4th in Eastern Conference)
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• 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 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.
Jan. 16, 2014: NYI 2, TBL 1 SO - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
|New York Islanders previous game lines
27 Anders Lee – 51 Frans Nielsen – 21 Kyle Okposo
12 Josh Bailey – 29 Brock Nelson – 15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin – 18 Ryan Strome – 13 Colin McDonald
28 Johan Sundstrom – 53 Casey Cizikas – 43 Mike Halmo
44 Calvin de Haan – 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey – 24 Kevin Czuczman
46 Matt Donovan – 7 Matt Carkner
45 Anders Nilsson
20 Evgeni Nabokov
|Tampa Bay Lightning previous game lines
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
77 Victor Hedman – 6 Sami Salo
25 Matt Carle – 7 Radko Gudas
2 Eric Brewer – 21 Mike Kostka
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."