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Game 2 Preview: Islanders-Lightning

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

NEW YORK ISLANDERS VS. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

ISLANDERS LEAD SERIES: 1-0

3 P.M., AMALIE ARENA. NBC

SIX THINGS

1. GAME 2:

The New York Islanders needed at least one win in Tampa Bay to be able to win their series against the Lightning. Having accomplished that on Wednesday, the Islanders look to take a 2-0 series lead on Saturday afternoon at Amalie Arena. 

The Islanders haven’t taken a 2-0 series lead since taking the first two games of the 1983 Stanley Cup Final, when they swept the Edmonton Oilers in four games. 

Saturday’s 3 p.m. start is the Islanders’ first 3 p.m. game this season. The closest they’ve played to 3 was a 2:30 p.m. start on Super Bowl Sunday, when the Islanders beat the Oilers 8-1. 

2. PULOCK GETTING CLOSER:

Ryan Pulock is on the road to recovery, but may not be ready to play in Game 2, according to Head Coach Jack Capuano. Pulock, who suffered an upper-body injury on April 20, missed Games 5 and 6 against Florida and Game 1 against Tampa Bay. Capuano said he’d like to get Pulock – and his 105 mph shot – back in the power play rotation. Pulock has three points (1G, 2A) in four playoff games. 

3. ISLES VS. BISHOP:

On the same day Ben Bishop received a nomination for the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goaltender, the Islanders continued their dominant play against the Lightning goalie, scoring four goals on 13 shots in a 5-3 win. 

The Islanders have had the better of Bishop this season, averaging four goals per game against the Bolts goalie, even putting up four in their lone loss to Tampa. Bishop had a 2.06 goals-against average in the regular season, so either the Islanders have the key to Bishop, or Wednesday night was just another anomaly at Amalie. 

4. SPECIAL TEAMS:



The Islanders won the special teams battle in Game 1, with the power play going 1-for-4 and the penalty kill going a perfect 2-for-2. The Islanders improved their power play to 6-for-25 in the postseason and improved their penalty kill to 15-for-17. 

The Islander’s shorthanded unit is a perfect 13-for-13 against the Tampa Bay Lightning this season. 

5. STAMKOS, STRALMAN, BROWN OUT:

Steven Stamkos and Anton Stralman did not practice with the Lightning on Friday and are out for Game 2 against the Islanders. Stamkos had been practicing with a red, non-contact jersey, while Stralman has not skated with the team. 

Lightning coach Jon Cooper told Lightning Beat Writer Bryan Burns that Stralman is “not near ready yet.” 

JT Brown (upper body) is also out for Game 2. 

6. CONDRA/CARLE DAY-TO-DAY:

Forward Erik Condra and defenseman Matt Carle are both day-to-day according to Tampa Bay Head Coach Jon Cooper. Condra left Game 1 in the first period, crashing into the end boards after absorbing a big hit from Casey Cizikas. Carle – Victor Hedman’s defense partner – is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. 

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