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Tavares has 11 goals in 11 games for New York; Tampa Bay goes for sixth straight win

by Corey Long / Correspondent

ISLANDERS (10-6-2) at LIGHTNING (15-2-2)

7 p.m. ET, SUN, MSG+, NHL.TV


The Game

The Tampa Bay Lightning will try to extend their winning streak to six games when they host the New York Islanders at Amalie Arena on Saturday.

Lightning forward Steven Stamkos leads the NHL with 35 points (10 goals, 25 assists); linemate Nikita Kucherov is first in goals with 17.

The Islanders have won back-to-back games and are 3-1-1 in their past five. Center John Tavares is tied with Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals for second in the NHL with 13 goals and has 11 goals in his past 11 games.


Players to watch

Islanders center Mathew Barzal has 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) in his past nine games.

Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy leads the NHL with 14 wins and has allowed a total of seven goals in his past four starts.


They said it

[Saturday] isn't going to be who scores the most goals. It's going to be who plays well defensively. We have to be ready to do that." -- Islanders forward Jordan Eberle

"We aren't satisfied yet. We don't want to get complacent. We're a team that wants to keep improving. The Islanders are going to be a good test. They are a fast team that is playing well." -- Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman


Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- John Tavares -- Josh Bailey

Andrew Ladd -- Mathew Barzal -- Jordan Eberle

Anthony Beauvillier -- Brock Nelson -- Joshua Ho-Sang

Jason Chimera -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Calvin de Haan -- Adam Pelech

Thomas Hickey -- Ryan Pulock

Thomas Greiss

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Alan Quine, Scott Mayfield, Dennis Seidenberg

Injured: Nikolay Kulemin (upper body), Shane Prince (lower body)


Lightning projected lineup

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Steven Stamkos -- Nikita Kucherov

Ondrej Palat -- Brayden Point -- Yanni Gourde

Alex Killorn - Tyler Johnson

Chris Kunitz - J.T. Brown -- Ryan Callahan

Victor Hedman -- Jake Dotchin

Mikhail Sergachev -- Anton Stralman

Braydon Coburn -- Dan Girardi

Andrej Sustr

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Peter Budaj

Scratched: Gabriel Dumont, Slater Koekkoek

Injured: Cedric Paquette (upper body)


Status report

Islanders coach Doug Weight said a final decision on the lineup would be made after warmups. ... Hedman took part in an optional morning skate after taking a maintenance day Friday.


Stat pack

The Lightning (4.00) and Islanders (3.61) rank first and second in goals per game. ... Including the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Lightning have won the past seven games against the Islanders.

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