NEWS, NOTES AND QUOTESJohnson Starts:
Chad Johnson starts in goal tonight for the Islanders. Johnson is 4-1 this season and is coming off a 28-save, 2-1 shootout win over the LA Kings on Nov. 6.
Clutterbuck a Game-Time Decision:
Cal Clutterbuck “tweaked” something in his lower body against the Panthers and will be a game-time decision tonight, according to Head Coach Jack Capuano. Cory Conacher is the Islanders only active extra forward on the two-game trip.
Capuano on Clutterbuck:
There’s a good chance he can play, but we want to make sure. We have healthy bodies now, so you don’t want to put someone in a situation when he’s not 100 percent. We have other guys who can go.Projected Lines:
Where and When:
The Islanders at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL. Puck drop is at 7:00 p.m. Click here for channel listings.
The game can be seen in the New York area on MSG+ 2.
Tonight’s matchup pits two of the Eastern Conference’s top-four teams against each other. The Islanders sit fourth in the conference with 22 points, while the Lightning are second with 24. Both teams have high-octane offenses, as the Islanders have scored 52 goals (including shootout winners), compared to the Lightning’s 61.
Vs. the Lightning:
The Isles have earned points in six straight games against Tampa Bay (4-0-2) and are also 4-2-1 in their last seven matchups with the Lightning in Tampa.
The Islanders PK went 5-for-6 on Friday, making the shorthanded unit 17-for-18 in their last four games.
They Said It:
Evgeni Nabokov on his time with the Islanders:
I thought the guys were absolutely unbelievable in that locker room. There was some negativity [from the outside], but the way we handled it inside that locker room was unbelievable. I learned a lot from that. Those guys were like brothers to each other and I hope they are going to continue that. I guarantee that in a couple of years, something good is going to come out of that locker room.
I like our resiliency, we’re in tough buildings and we’re playing well. These teams are good. Tonight there is great goaltending on both sides, especially with Ben Bishop in net. I like the way we’re playing. We just have to continue playing with that confidence and our penalty kill has to continue to play with that confidence.