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Lightning vs. Islanders: Projected lines, injuries and storylines

The Lightning host the Islanders, looking to extend their winning streak to six games

by Bryan Burns /

After a 6-1 trouncing of Dallas on Thursday night, the Lightning welcome the New York Islanders to AMALIE Arena for the first time this season. Tampa Bay has been on a tear as of late, winning five games in a row and collecting points in each of their last seven games. 

Lines from Thursday's game. Saturday's morning skate was optional Subject to change. 


Vladislav Namestnikov - Steven Stamkos - Nikita Kucherov

Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Yanni Gourde

Chris Kunitz - J.T. Brown - Ryan Callahan

Alex Killorn - Tyler Johnson


Victor Hedman - Jake Dotchin

Mikhail Sergachev - Anton Stralman

Braydon Coburn - Dan Girardi

Andrej Sustr


Andrei Vasilevskiy expected to start 

The Lightning and the Islanders are playing their first of three meetings this season and first of two at AMALIE Arena...The two teams will play again in 17 days (Dec. 5) in Tampa...The Bolts swept the three-game series last season, outscoring the Isles 14-2...Tampa Bay scored a 4-1 victory in the teams' last meeting at AMALIE Arena (Nov. 10, 2016) behind a 31-save effort from Andrei Vasilevskiy and Steven Stamkos' three-point night (goal, 2 assists)...Four days later (Nov. 14), the Lightning blanked the Islanders in Brooklyn 4-0 courtesy of Andrei Vasilevskiy's 34-save performance...The Bolts have won seven in a row over the Islanders dating back to the
teams' 2016 Eastern Conference Semifinal matchup... The Lightning are 4-1-1 in their last six home games against New York and 14-3- 4 in their last 21...The Bolts are 26-15-4 with two ties all-time at home vs. the Isles...Steven Stamkos is +13 for his career against NYI (his best plus-minus vs. any NHL team) and has 13 goals and 18 assists in 28 regular season matchups...Chris Kunitz has posted 12- 20--32 for his career vs. NYI, tied with Los Angeles for his most points against any NHL team...Ryan Callahan has more regular season games vs. NYI (46) than any other NHL team.

Tampa Bay continues to pace the NHL for wins (15), points (32), points percentage (.842) and goal differential (+30)...The Lightning are off to their best start in franchise history with 32 points and a 15-2-2 record through 19 games, four points better than the 28 put up by the 2013-14 (14-5-0) and 2014-15 (13-4-2) teams through 19 games...Tampa Bay's 15-2-2 record and .842 points percentage is the best in the NHL through 19 games since Chicago started the 2012-13 season with a 16-0-3 record and .921 points percentage...The Bolts lead the NHL for goals per game 4.00 and are tied for second in the Leauge for goals allowed per game at 2.42 (no other NHL team ranks in the top 9 in both categories)...Tampa Bay is on a season-long five-game winning streak.

2017-18 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 14
Current injuries:
Cedric Paquette - Upper body (DAY-TO-DAY) 12 Games

Nov. 14 -- Acquired G Louis Domingue from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for G Michael Leighton and F Tye McGinn

Tampa Bay's penalty kill went 3-for-3 against the NHL's top-ranked power play Nov. 16 vs. DAL to extend its streak of games without allowing a power-play goal to seven games (last time going seven games without a power-play goal came Feb. 20-March 3, 2016)...The Lightning have killed off 18-straight opponent power plays...The Bolts' penalty kill ranks sixth in the League at 84.8%...Since the start of the 2014-15 season, the Lightning penalty kill ranks fifth in the NHL at 83.2%.

Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos matched a career high for points in a single game set nine times previously (including once this season) after tallying two goals and two assists Nov. 16 vs. DAL...Stamkos extended his current point streak to five games (4-7--11)...Stamkos has recorded points in 17 of 19 games and has 11 multi-point performances in 2017-18...Stamkos continues to lead the NHL for scoring.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov are just the third set of teammates in the past 21 years to each record 30 or more points before the team's 20th game of the season, joining Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza in 2005-06 and Philadelphia's Peter Forsberg and Simon Gagne, also in 2005-06...Stamkos' 35 points are the most he's put up through 19 games in his career (previous high: 34 points in first 19 games of 2010-11)...Stamkos owns a share of the longest point streak in the NHL this season (4-17--21 over 11 games from Oct. 6-26) along with teammate Nikita Kucherov...Stamkos has recorded at least one assist in 14 games and has nine multi-assist performances on the season...Stamkos paces the NHL for assists.

Stamkos tallied his NHL-leading seventh power-play goal on Thursday and has recorded a power-play point in 13 of 19 games this season...Stamkos paces the League for power-play scoring.

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