Islanders Game Day Primer
The Tampa Bay Lightning held their pre-game morning skate today on Long Island, where they will take on the Islanders tonight at 7 p.m.
Here are a few notes from this morning’s on-ice session;
LINEUPS, INJURIES AND ILLNESSES
Ben Bishop will get the start in net tonight for the Bolts.
Bishop is coming off a 45-save shutout performance in his team debut on Thursday at Carolina.
In regards to Bishop starting tonight, head coach Jon Cooper said he had not yet made a decision on who will start in goal on Sunday, being that the game is the second contest of a back-to-back set.
On the injury front, Victor Hedman, who sustained a lower body injury on Thursday, will not play tonight.
There is no timetable for Hedman’s return, but dressing in his place tonight will be defenseman Matt Taormina, who was recalled from Syracuse of the American Hockey League yesterday.
NOTES AND NUMBERS
-The Lightning have picked up points in four straight games, going 3-0-1 during that stretch, out-scoring their opponents 14-8
-The Lightning will be looking to snap a four-game losing streak at Nasseau Coliseum, with their last win coming on November 17, 2010
-The Lightning are averaging 3.22 goals per game this season which ranks second in the NHL and ranks third overall with 116 goals
-Steven Stamkos has scored four goals over his past five games
-Alex Killorn has recorded points in three straight games, including two goals. He also ranks tied for ninth in rookie scoring in goals (six) and tied for eighth in points (16).
THEY SAID IT
Jon Cooper, on the absence of Victor Hedman:
“He’s a big part of our team, so I think the one ray of light that I take from it is that we lost him in the first period of the game the other night, and we played two periods without him and we saw the result. But there is really no replacement for him.”
Jon Cooper, on what defenseman Matt Taormina brings to the team:
“He can skate, he can see the ice, he moves pucks, and we have to be better at breaking pucks out of our end, and he’s good at that. He can play that steady role for us, eat up some minutes and keep up with the guys in this league, so he’ll be fine.”
Jon Cooper, on the return of Nate Thompson:
“He’s hard against top lines and that goal he scored against New Jersey epitomizes what he means to us.”