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Tampa Bay 5-3-2; Islanders 1-6-3
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This is the first of three meetings between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Islanders and lone visit to Nassau Coliseum this season. In their last contest, the Islanders defeated the Bolts 4-2 in New York on April 6.
Snapping a seven-game road-losing streak, Tampa Bay has now picked up points in five of their past six games (3-1-2). The Bolts will also look for their first set of back-to-back wins on the road since winning consecutive road tilts at the beginning of November.
LIGHTNING – Going more than 40 minutes without either team scoring a goal Sunday, the Lightning struck three times in the third period to upset the Detroit Red Wings 3-0. It was their third straight win against the Red Wings and second in three games after previously winning just one game at Joe Louis Arena in franchise history. Tyler Johnson’s first goal of the game ended up being the game-winner, while J.T. Brown and Alex Killorn were also credited with goals.
Tuesday the Lightning hope to improve their record to 2-1-0 on the road and return to the Tampa Bay Times Forum on a good note, as head coach Jon Cooper has expressed how significant winning away from the Times Forum is to be considered a Stanley Cup contender. Tampa Bay has not won in New York since November 2010, losing five straight on the Island.
ISLANDERS – Starting netminder Evgeni Nabokov returned Saturday and the Islanders’ top prospect Ryan Strome made his NHL debut, but the Montreal Canadiens upset New York 1-0. Nabokov was handed the loss in a 24-save effort in his first game back in nearly a month. The dropped decision was the Islanders 17 loss in 20 games.
Though being shutout, the Islanders made a step in the right direction on the backend according to Nabokov, which they’d like to build on in today’s tilt. New York hopes to avoid their sixth straight loss at home Tuesday.
Picking up his third shutout of the season, netminder Ben Bishop earned first star honors Sunday in Detroit. Bishop currently ranks tied for second in the league in wins (17) with a 1.97 goals against average and a .933 save percentage.
Lightning – D Keith Aulie (upper body, out), D Victor Hedman (lower body, out), D Brian Lee (knee, out), F Ryan Malone (lower body, out), F Tom Pyatt (broken collarbone, out), F Steven Stamkos (broken right tibia, out); Islanders – F Casey Cizikas (jaw, day-to-day), D Radek Martinek (back, out), D Lubomir Visnovsky (concussion, out)
Twitter Stat Pack:
#TBLightning’s @TJohnny09 has recorded four points (two goals, two assists) in his past four games.
#TBLightning’s @TeddyPurcell16 has notched eight assists in 12 career games versus the New York Islanders.
With a 4-2-2 record over his past eight games, @BenBishop30 has a 1.34 GAA and a .956 SV% during that span.
Ranking third in the #NHL with a .875 win percentage when scoring the game’s first goal, the NYI allow the most goals per game (3.41).
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