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Nuts & Bolts: Lightning aim to stop red-hot Isles

The Islanders have won seven games in a row heading into Friday's matchup

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Next up for the Bolts after a back-and-forth overtime victory over the Devils on Wednesday is a matchup with the red-hot Islanders.

New York comes in riding a seven-game winning streak that includes victories that began all the way back on October 12. In addition to playing well, the Islanders will head into Friday's game well rested, having four days off since their win over Philadelphia on Sunday. 

Lines from Wednesday's game. Subject to change.

Forwards
Alexander Volkov - Steven Stamkos - Nikita Kucherov
Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Tyler Johnson
Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - Mathieu Joseph
Yanni Gourde - Cedric Paquette - Carter Verhaeghe

Defensemen
Ryan McDonagh - Luke Schenn
Mikhail Sergachev - Kevin Shattenkirk
Braydon Coburn - Jan Rutta

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney

Friday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Islanders are playing their first of three meetings this season (also: Dec. 9 vs. NYI & Feb. 8 vs. NYI) and the only meeting in New York...Tampa Bay went 2-1-0 against New York last season, winning 4-2 Nov. 8 at AMALIE Arena and 1-0 in a shootout Feb. 1 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum (Victor Hedman the only player from either side to convert in the shootout) while dropping a 5-1 decision Jan. 13 at Barclays Center...The Lightning are 7-2-0 against the Islanders since the start of the 2016-17 season...The Bolts' loss in Brooklyn last season ended a four-game win streak for the Lightning in road games against the Islanders... Ondrej Palat has recorded points (1-4--5) in four of his last five games vs. NYI (missed Nov. 8 game last season due to injury)...Kevin Shattenkirk has tallied points in three of his last four games vs. NYI (1-3--4)...Ryan McDonagh has scored more career goals vs. NYI (6) than he has against any other NHL team (also: 6 career goals vs. CAR) and has points in five of his last six games vs. NYI (1-4--5)... Steven Stamkos has tallied points in four of his last five games vs. NYI (1-4--5)...Andrei Vasilevskiy recorded his 16th career shutout in Tampa Bay's last meeting with the Islanders Feb. 1 (36 saves).

Friday's Storylines
The Lightning conclude a stretch of three games in four nights tonight...Tampa Bay ends a run of three-consecutive games against Metropolitan Division teams tonight...The Lightning have reached the midpoint of a five-game road swing, a trip that concludes with two games against the Buffalo Sabres in Stockholm, Sweden as part of the NHL's Global Series.

Injuries
2019-20 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 15
Current injuries:
Erik Cernak (Lower Body; Day-to-Day) 1 Game
Victor Hedman (Lower Body; Day-to-Day) 1 Game
Pat Maroon (Upper Body; Day-to-Day) 1 Game

Watch Party at Garrison Tavern
Join us for the first official Lightning Watch Party at Garrison Tavern! The party starts at 6 p.m. with food and drink specials, ThunderBug, Blue Crew and Lightning prizes. 

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The Road Ahead
Friday, November 8 at Buffalo Sabres in Stockholm, Sweden
Saturday, November 9 vs. Buffalo Sabres in Stockholm, Sweden
Thursday, November 14 vs. New York Rangers

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