When the Isles and the Bolts faceoff on Tuesday night, Tampa Bay will have flown from Ottawa the night before to complete their second game of a four-game road trip. Meanwhile, after four-games on the road, the Islanders return to Nassau Coliseum for their first of a three-game homestand.
"Look around the dressing room, it’s fun," Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic
said. "Guys are in a good mood, guys are smiling. Winning is contagious and we’ve been playing well. But I think, even when we weren’t getting the wins, the confidence was just building in here. Sometimes you need to go through those situations to come out on the other end."
On the road, the Islanders recorded a 3-0-1 record, earned 7-of-8 possible points and scored nine goals in their last two games, though both of those games was decided by just one goal.
"It seemed that both games this weekend, the game got tight and the game got close and it could have went either way," Hamonic said. "We grabbed the ball and tried to really throw it and keep it in our side of the court. Those are the games that you have to learn to win. By no means have I said that we’ve learned how to do it, but we’re learning and it’s nice to see. We are getting rewarded and guys are enjoying themselves."
The Isles and Lightning couldn't be in more different situations at the moment. Currently, the Islanders are feeling extremely confident and are happy that they're improving, but Tampa Bay have dropped their last four games and have posted a 3-8-0 record in their last 11 games.
"We know how they play and we are going to be ready for them," Hamonic said. "We’ve played them a couple times already this year. We’re looking forward to that opportunity and they are a good team, so it’s a good test for us right now. They play (Monday night) in Ottawa, so we’ll make sure that we jump on them right away."