The Tampa Bay Lightning move on to finish their road trip on Long Island against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum tonight.
Fresh off an overtime loss last night against the New Jersey Devils, the Lightning will look to get in the win column in this, the fourth and final meeting between these two teams. To date, Tampa Bay has posted a 1-1-1 record this season against the Islanders.
If your Saturday evening plans call for dinner out, and then catching the end of the hockey game, you may be in luck: the Lightning have scored all their goals against New York this season in the third period, outscoring the Islanders 5-1.
Martin St. Louis picked up an assist in the loss to New Jersey, upping his team-leading point total to 78. He now has at least a point in 11 of the previous 14 games.
For Steven Stamkos, the game in New Jersey marked a milestone as the Lightning forward collected his 21st goal of the season on a power play in the second period. The goal equaled the franchise record for rookies, set by Brad Richards in 2000-’01. Stamkos has notched a point in nine of his previous 11 games played.
The Islanders, 23-45-9, are in the last spot in the NHL and come into tonight’s match-up after losing three straight. They are led in scoring by Mark Streit, who has 55 points on the season and Kyle Okposo, with 18 goals.
Rookie netminder Yann Danis has put up some good numbers for the Isles this season, appearing in 27 games while compiling a 2.74 goals against average. Significantly, Danis has faced Tampa Bay twice this season, compiling a 1.00 goals against average against them while going 1-1-0.
Tonight’s game is the next-to-last road game for the Lightning this season; they finish up against the Atlanta Thrashers in Atlanta on April 11th. The final two home games will be played at the St. Pete Times Forum next week, when Pittsburgh visits on April 7th followed by the Washington Capitals on April 9th.