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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Tampa Bay Lightning

by Travis Betts / New York Islanders
New York Islanders

11-12-3 (25 points – 4th in Atlantic Division, 10th in Eastern Conference)
6-4-1 road
Tampa Bay Lightning
11-14-1 (23 points - 3rd in Southeast Division, 12th in Eastern Conference)
6-6-1 home
7:30 p.m.
Tampa Bay Times Forum
Tampa, FL

Television: MSG
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring

Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (1-0-0)
The Islanders won the first meeting between the two teams back on Jan. 21 thanks to goals from Michael Grabner, Kyle Okposo, Matt Martin and David Ullstrom. The Isles got off to a 4-0 lead before allowing three straight goals in the third period. Evgeni Nabokov held strong late, stopping 23-of-26 shots overall to earn the Islanders their first win of the season.

Lightning player to watch
Martin St. Louis - Right Wing

At 37-years-old, Martin St. Louis is enjoying one of the best seasons of his career, ranking fourth in the league with 36 points through 26 games. The Laval, QC native is riding a seven-game point streak (three goals, nine assists), including a one-goal, two-assist effort in a 3-2 win on March 12 at Florida. St. Louis had a goal and an assist in the lone meeting with the Islanders on Jan. 21.
Islanders Storylines
•John Tavares has 231 career points, 55 more than any other player selected in the 2009 NHL Draft.
•Matt Martin leads the league with 128 hits, nine more than Buffalo's Steve Ott.
•Andrew MacDonald is tied for fifth in the league with 68 blocked shots.
•Evgeni Nabokov is tied for fifth in the NHL with 11 wins this season.
The Matchup
23.0% (23/100)
80.2% (73/91)
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games
21.0% (21/100)
83.0% (73/88)
New York Islanders projected lines
26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes
12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen – 21 Kyle Okposo
36 Eric Boulton - 16 Marty Reasoner – 41 David Ullstrom
17 Matt Martin - 53 Casey Cizikas – 13 Colin McDonald

3 Travis Hamonic - 47 Andrew MacDonald
14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
2 Mark Streit - 4 Radek Martinek

20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin

Tampa Bay Lightning projected lines
12 Ryan Malone - 91 Steven Stamkos - 16 Teddy Purcell
26 Martin St. Louis - 4 Vincent Lecavalier - 17 Alex Killorn
74 Ondrej Palat - 44 Nate Thompson - 89 Cory Conacher
11 Tom Pyatt - 19 BJ Crombeen

Sami Salo - 77 Victor Hedman
2 Eric Brewer - 25 Matthew Carle
3 Keith Aulie - 47 Marc-Andre Bergeron
75 Radko Gudas

39 Anders Lindback
32 Mathieu Garon

Quote of the Day

"I think all the points right now, whether you get one or two in a game, it’s huge. If you look around the league, there’s a lot of overtimes and shootouts. Points are crucial. It’s still a tight race. We’re right there. But we have to match the intensity level. Tampa has some firepower. There’s no question. Playing sound defensively is going to be key for us."

Head Coach Jack Capuano,
on making the best of a two-game trip to Florida

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