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New York 1-4-1 in past six on road; Johnson out for Tampa Bay with lower-body injury

by Corey Long / Independent Correspondent

ISLANDERS (19-7-2) at LIGHTNING (14-10-3)

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


The Game

Tyler Johnson will not play for the Tampa Bay Lightning against the New York Islanders at Amalie Arena on Monday because of a lower-body injury.

There is no timetable for how long Johnson will be sidelined, though Lightning coach Jon Cooper said the forward will likely miss the next few games. Johnson scored two goals in a 7-1 win against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.

The Islanders are 3-4-0 in their past seven games after a team record 17-game point streak (15-0-2) from Oct. 12 to Nov. 23. They began a three-game trip with a 3-1 loss at the Dallas Stars on Saturday and are 1-4-1 in their past six on the road.


Players to watch

Islanders center Mathew Barzal has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past five games.

Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman has seven points (three goals, four assists) during a five-game point streak.


They said it

"If you look at the way we way play, I think it works pretty hard against high-skilled teams that like the move the puck around. We like to keep the puck to the outside and limit the high-danger chances. We can keep the puck out of the middle and away from their goal scorers." -- Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield

"[He] is somebody I've watched grow right from his first development camp to here today. One thing he's blessed with is the ability to skate. … If he's just got that going, tonight is going to be an asset for us." -- Lightning coach Jon Cooper on forward Mitchell Stephens making his NHL debut


Islanders projected lineup

Ross Johnston -- Mathew Barzal -- Josh Bailey

Anthony Beauvillier -- Brock Nelson -- Michael Dal Colle

Anders Lee -- Derick Brassard -- Jordan Eberle

Matt Martin -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck

Noah Dobson -- Johnny Boychuk

Adam Pelech -- Ryan Pulock

Devon Toews -- Scott Mayfield

Semyon Varlamov

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Leo Komarov

Injured: Nick Leddy (lower body)


Lightning projected lineup

Ondrej Palat -- Brayden Point -- Nikita Kucherov

Carter Verhaeghe -- Steven Stamkos -- Yanni Gourde

Alex Killorn -- Anthony Cirelli -- Cory Conacher

Pat Maroon -- Cedric Paquette -- Mitchell Stephens

Victor Hedman -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Ryan McDonagh -- Erik Cernak

Mikhail Sergachev -- Luke Schenn

Curtis McElhinney

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Scratched: Jan Rutta, Mathieu Joseph

Injured: Braydon Coburn (lower body), Tyler Johnson (lower body)


Status report

Leddy is day to day. … Johnson is likely to miss a couple of games. … Conacher was recalled from Syracuse of the American Hockey League for the fifth time in 40 days.


Stat pack

The Islanders are 17-0-1 this season, and 53-2-3 under coach Barry Trotz, when scoring at least three goals in one game. They are 2-7-1 when they do not. ... The Lightning have scored at least seven goals four times this season, second to the Pittsburgh Penguins (five).

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