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Islanders without Bailey against Lightning in Game 1

New York forward has upper-body injury; Tampa Bay coach Cooper expecting low-scoring series

by Corey Long / Correspondent


Eastern Conference Second Round

TV: 7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports

TAMPA -- Forward Josh Bailey did not travel with the New York Islanders and will not be available against the Tampa Bay Lightning for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Amalie Arena on Wednesday.

Bailey left Game 6 of the first round against the Florida Panthers in the first period with an upper-body injury.

Islanders coach Jack Capuano is still assessing his lineup options.

"It's too early [to tell]," Capuano said. "We need to see the health of a few guys to know where we stand."

Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock, who has been dealing with an upper-body injury since April 20, did travel and was a full participant at the morning skate. Capuano said he could play Wednesday but didn't commit to it. 

"It's tough to make those decisions based upon the matchups," Capuano said. "I've talked to [Pulock] plenty of times and I have no doubt in my mind that he can do the job."

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The Islanders and Lightning have each been dealing with the injury bug since the final weeks of the regular season. One player not ready to return is Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman, who is still recovering from a fractured left leg. Stralman did not skate Wednesday and coach Jon Cooper said he will not be available early in the series.

The teams played three times during the regular season with the Islanders winning twice, including a 5-2 victory at Barclays Center on April 4. The Lightning's lone win was a 7-4 victory on March 25.

Despite the high-scoring nature of the most recent games between the two teams, Cooper believes this series will feature lower scores and great goaltending.

"The last time they came down here, they'd been on the road for a while, it was one of those nights where everything we were shooting was going in," Cooper said. "And when we went up there everything they shot went in. I don't know. I don't put a whole lot of stock into what we did in the regular season. I put a lot of stock into what they did against Florida."

Goalie Ben Bishop will start for the Lightning coming off of a 34-save shutout in the series-deciding Game 5 win against the Detroit Red Wings on April 21. Goalie Thomas Greiss, who made 41 saves in a double-overtime Game 6 win against the Panthers on Sunday, will start for the Islanders.

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Here are the projected lineups:


Alan Quine - John Tavares - Kyle Okposo

Nikolay Kulemin - Frans Nielsen - Brock Nelson

Ryan Strome - Shane Prince - Steve Bernier

Matt Martin - Casey Cizikas - Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy - Travis Hamonic

Calvin de Haan - Johnny Boychuk

Thomas Hickey - Marek Zidlicky

Thomas Greiss

Jean-Francois Berube

Injured: Anders Lee (broken leg), Makhail Grabovski (concussion), Jaroslav Halak (groin), Josh Bailey (upper body), Ryan Pulock (upper body). 

Scratched: Brian Strait, James Wright, Eric Boulton


Alex Killorn - Tyler Johnson - Nikita Kucherov

Ondrej Palat - Valtteri Filppula - Jonathan Drouin

Cedric Paquette - Vladislav Namestnikov - Ryan Callahan

Brian Boyle - Mike Blunden - Erik Condra

Victor Hedman- Matthew Carle

Jason Garrison- Andrej Sustr

Braydon Coburn - Nikita Nesterov

Ben Bishop

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Injured: Anton Stralman (fractured left leg), Steven Stamkos (blood clot surgery), J.T. Brown (upper body)

Scratched: Jonathan Marchessault, Matt Taormina

Status report: Each team held optional skates Wednesday. ... Stamkos skated for a second straight day wearing a red no-contact jersey. ... Halak was a full participant in practice Wednesday and took shots in goal. 

Who's hot: Kucherov led the Lightning with five goals and three assists in the first round. ...Tavares had five goals and four assists for the Islanders in the first round, including the series-clinching goal in double overtime of Game 6.

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