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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Lightning

The Islanders wrap up their season series with the Lightning (7 p.m., MSG+)

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders
New York Islanders vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
7 p.m., Barclays Center - Buy Tickets - Brock Nelson Bobblehead Night
Radio: 660AM, 101.9FM WFAN, 88.7FM WRHU
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Islanders looking to solve the Lightning:

The New York Islanders look to avoid a season sweep at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning, as the teams meet for the third time in 14 days and for the final time this season.

Penalties hurt the Islanders in both losses to the Lightning, with Tampa Bay scoring four power-play goals over the two contests. The Islanders took four penalties in the first 22 minutes on Thursday, in which the Lightning converted twice. 

The Islanders went 5-for-5 to get their PK back on track vs the Panthers, but the best defense against the Lightning's special teams is to just stay out of the box. 

On the season, the Islanders have outscored their opponents 32-27 at even strength this season, but have been outscored 18-8 in all other situations. 


Dennis Seidenberg left Saturday's game in the third period with an upper-body injury and did not return. If Seidenberg can't play on Monday, the Islanders will have to recall a defenseman from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. 

Travis Hamonic and Ryan Pulock are currently on injured reserve. 

Brock Nelson Bobblehead Night: 

The first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a Brock Nelson bobblehead. 

Stamkos and Kucherov: 

Containing Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov is one of the main keys for the Islanders on Monday, as Stamkos (17 points) and Kucherov (16) lead the Lightning. 

After losing half a season to a broken leg two years ago and dealing with its effects - as well as contract distractions and a blood clot - Stamkos is back to form this season with team-high eight goals. 

At 23, Kucherov is continuing his ascent into one of the game's top scorers. He has 16 points in 14 games and is on pace for a career-year. Kucherov scored 30 goals and 66 points in 77 games last season. 

Jonathan Drouin Nearing Return:

Jonathan Drouin is accompanying the Lightning on their road trip, but his status for Monday's game has yet to be determined. Drouin practiced with the Lightning on Saturday, but missed his fifth straight game with an upper-body injury.

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