Season series (2-0-0) The Islanders notched their first win of the season in the first meeting between the Isles and Lightning on Jan 21. John Tavares tallied two assists as the Islanders earned a 4-3 win. In the second matchup against the Lightning, Evgeni Nabokov stole the show, stopping all 18 shots he faced as the Isles won 2-0.
Acquired at the trade deadline from Ottawa, Bishop shined in his first appearance in a Tampa Bay uniform. One day after being traded, Bishop made 45 saves in a 5-0 win against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Lightning paid a hefty price in Calder Trophy candidate Cory Conacher, but general manager Steve Yzerman feels the Lightning now have their goaltender of the future.
Islanders Storylines •The Islanders return home for the first of a two-game homestand following a 2-1 shootout loss against the Capitals Thursday in D.C. •With a record of 5-1-1 in their last seven games, the Islanders have soared up the Eastern Conference standings into eighth place. •During that seven-game stretch, the Islanders have only conceded 12 goals •John Tavares’s 23 goals are just two behind Steven Stamkos’ NHL-leading 25.
New York Islanders previous game lines Forwards 26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes 12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen – 21 Kyle Okposo 40 Michael Grabner – 10 Keith Aucoin - 13 Colin McDonald 53 Casey Cizikas– 16 Marty Reasoner – 17 Matt Martin
Defensemen 3 Travis Hamonic - 47 Andrew MacDonald 14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky 2 Mark Streit – 4 Radek Martinek
Goaltenders 20 Evgeni Nabokov 60 Kevin Poulin
Tampa Bay Lightning previous game lines Forwards 67 Benoit Pouliot – 91 Steven Stamkos - 26 Martin St. Louis 14 Brett Connolly – 4 Vincent Lecavalier - 71 Richard Panik 17 Alex Killorn – 11 Tom Pyatt - 16 Teddy Purcell 42 Dana Tyrell – 63 Tyler Johnson - 19 BJ Crombeen
Defensemen 6 Sami Salo - 77 Victor Hedman 2 Eric Brewer – 25 Matthew Carle 3 Keith Aulie - 75 Radko Gudas
•Lower Lobby Opens at 5pm •Doors Open at 5:45pm •Long Island Spring Home Show – in Expo Center until 10pm (Free Admission) •FourSquare Offer: Check into Nassau Coliseum and unlock 10% off your purchase at the Islanders Team Store (First 50 receive a FREE gift) •Team Store Scratch off Ticket Offer •50/50 Raffle •Jerseys Off the Back Auction •Met-Rx Skate with the Greats Event – 30 minutes after the end of Islanders’ game