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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 1/21/13

by Travis Betts / New York Islanders
New York Islanders

0-1-0 (0 points - 3rd in Atlantic Division, 10th in Eastern Conference)
0-1-0 home
Tampa Bay Lightning
1-0-0 (2 points - 2nd in Southeast Division, 4th in Eastern Conference)
0-0-0 road
1:00 p.m.
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Uniondale, NY

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

Radio: WHRU
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (2011-12)
The Islanders went 2-2-0 against the Lightning last season, with the home team winning each contest. The Islanders won both meetings at Nassau Coliseum by a score of 5-1. The last time the teams played was on March 24 in Tampa, a game the Islanders lost 4-3 despite overcoming a two-goal deficit. During the game, Frans Nielsen set a career-high with his 15th goal of the season, and Matt Moulson tallied his 100th career goal.

Lightning player to watch
Steven Stamkos - Center
The Lightning sniper has three straight seasons with 90 points, and has finished in the top-two in goal scoring each of the past three seasons. Stamkos became the first player in four years to eclipse the 60-goal mark on the final day of last season. The Markham, ON native picked up two assists in the Tampa Bay's season-opening 6-3 win against Washington Saturday.
Islanders Storylines
•Seven players made their Islanders debut Saturday vs. New Jersey (D Matt Carkner, C Keith Aucoin, RW Colin McDonald, RW Brad Boyes, LW Eric Boulton, D Brian Strait and D Joe Finley)
•C Keith Aucoin was 8-for-10 in the faceoff circle in his first game as an Islander
•Jack Capuano missed Saturday's game but expects to be behind the bench Monday. Capuano has missed only two games during his tenure as Islanders Head Coach
The Matchup
25% (1/4)
100% (2/2)

Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games

42.9% (3/7)
75.0% (3/4)

New York Islanders projected lines
26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner - 51 Frans Nielsen - 24 Brad Boyes
41 David Ullstrom - 10 Keith Aucoin - 13 Colin McDonald
17 Matt Martin - 16 Marty Reasoner - 36 Eric Boulton

2 Mark Streit - 37 Brian Strait
47 Andrew MacDonald - Travis Hamonic
52 Joe Finley - 7 Matt Carkner

20 Evgeni Nabokov
39 Rick DiPietro
Tampa Bay Lightning projected lines
12 Ryan Malone - 91 Steven Stamkos - 26 Martin St. Louis
67 Benoit Pouliot - 4 Vincent Lecavalier - 16 Teddy Purcell
44 Nate Thompson - 89 Cory Conacher
11 Tom Pyatt - 18 Adam Hall - 19 BJ Crombeen

2 Eric Brewer - 25 Matthew Carle
6 Sami Salo - 77 Victor Hedman
3 Keith Aulie - 47 Marc-Andre Bergeron
15 Brian Lee

39 Anders Lindback
32 Mathieu Garon
What's happening at the Coliseum - Jan. 21
Doors Open at 11:30am
Marvel Super Hero Locations for Meet and Greet: Spider-Man – Lower Lobby, Captain America – Gate 3, Iron Man – Gate 7, Hulk – Gate 17, Thor – Gate 20
Lower Lobby New Concession Stands – opens at 11am
New Team Store location at Gate 1
Team Store Deal: Spend $100 and receive a NY Islanders fleece OR spend $150 and receive 2 tickets to a select future game
50/50 Raffle
Post Game Goals – Kid’s Club Slap Shot and Hat Trick Members are first to shoot on ice

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