The Islanders lost the season series opener to the Lightning 3-2 in a shootout, Dec. 17 at Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders had a 2-0 lead with three minutes to go, but Valtteri Filppula scored twice – the second coming with four seconds left – to force overtime. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo scored for the Islanders while Evgeni Nabokov made 34 saves in regulation.
Lightning player to watch Valtteri Filppula - Forward
Valterri Filppula is second on the Bolts with 36 points (18g/18a) in 47 games, but has come alive over the past month, scoring 16 points (8g/8a) in 15 games. Filppula is trying to surpass his career high 66 points (23g/43a) he set in the 2011-12 season with the Detroit Red Wings. The Vantaa, Finland native was recently named to the Finnish Olympic roster at the upcoming Sochi games. He scored two goals against the Islanders in their only meeting this season.
Islanders Storylines • Winning Clip: The Isles have won four of their last five games and seven of their last eight on the road. •De Haan: Calvin de Haan is riding a five-game point streak (1-6-7). •Strome Loaned to Bridgeport: The Islanders loaned Ryan Strome to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Wednesday. •Vs. Lightning: The Islanders are 9-3-1 in their last 13 games against the Lightning. •Hamonic: Travis Hamonic missed Tuesday's game with an upper-body injury.
Islanders 18.5% (16th) 75.3% (30th) 132 156 7-3-0
Power play Penalty kill Goals for Goals against Last 10
Lightning 16.9 (20th) 80.4% (19th) 136 113 5-4-1
New York Islanders previous game lines Forwards 26 Thomas Vanek – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo 29 Brock Nelson– 51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey 40 Michael Grabner – 18 Ryan Strome – 15 Cal Clutterbuck 17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 13 Colin McDonald
Defensemen 47 Andrew MacDonald – 37 Brian Strait 14 Thomas Hickey– 44 Calvin de Haan 46 Matt Donovan – 7 Matt Carkner
Goaltenders 60 Kevin Poulin 45 Anders Nilsson
Tampa Bay Lightning previous game lines Forwards 18 Ondrej Palat – 9 Tyler Johnson – 26 Martin St. Louis 17 Alex Killorn – 51 Valtteri Filppula – 16 Teddy Purcell 56 Nikita Kucherov– 11 Tom Pyatt – 23 J.T. Brown 12 Ryan Malone – 42 Dana Tyrell – 8 Mark Barberio
Defensemen 77 Victor Hedman – 7 Radkos Gudas 2 Eric Brewer – 62 Andrej Sustr 25 Matt Carle – 22 Jean-Philippe Cote
Quote of the Day: Islanders head coach Jack Capuano on Ryan Strome: He knows he has to get stronger to play better down low and away from the puck. It's not a demotion, it's a process and it's good for his development to continue to play as we move forward. Click here to read the full quote.