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New York seeks eighth consecutive win; Hedman remains out for Tampa Bay

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

LIGHTNING (6-4-2) at ISLANDERS (8-3-0)

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


The Game

The New York Islanders will try to extend their longest winning streak in 30 seasons when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning at Nassau Coliseum on Friday.

The Islanders, who have won seven consecutive games, outscoring opponents 24-14, are on their longest winning streak since they won nine straight from Dec. 31, 1989-Jan. 19, 1990. They haven't played since defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 5-3 on Sunday.

The Lightning, coming off a 7-6 overtime win at the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday, are playing their last game before leaving for Stockholm, where they will play two games against the Buffalo Sabres (Nov. 8-9) in the 2019 NHL Global Series.

Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman will miss his second straight game with a lower-body injury for Tampa Bay, 2-2-1 in its past five games after going 4-2-1 to open the season.


Players to watch

Lightning center Brayden Point has five points (one goal, four assists) in a three-game point streak.

Islanders forward Derick Brassard has scored a goal in three straight games.


They said it

"If you look at our penalties; offensive zone penalties, trips, holds. I mean, it's not like we're taking roughing penalties because someone ran our goalie or boarding because you hit the guy too hard. They're on us as players. No one is going to fix that but us. We know we can't continue to take five or six a game." -- Lightning captain Steven Stamkos

"We've practiced really well. That's always the first indicator. If a team is getting full of themselves they don't practice very well. They start cheating. They start not executing. I can't say that with this group. They haven't done that." -- Islanders coach Barry Trotz


Lightning projected lineup

Alexander Volkov -- Steven Stamkos -- Nikita Kucherov

Ondrej Palat -- Brayden Point -- Tyler Johnson

Alex Killorn -- Anthony Cirelli -- Mathieu Joseph

Yanni Gourde -- Cedric Paquette -- Luke Witkowski

Mikhail Sergachev -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Ryan McDonagh -- Erik Cernak

Jan Rutta -- Luke Schenn

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Braydon Coburn, Carter Verhaeghe

Injured: Victor Hedman (lower body), Pat Maroon (upper body)


Islanders projected lineup 

Anders Lee -- Mathew Barzal -- Josh Bailey

Anthony Beauvillier -- Brock Nelson -- Derick Brassard

Michael Dal Colle -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck

Ross Johnston -- Cole Bardreau -- Oliver Wahlstrom

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Adam Pelech -- Ryan Pulock

Devon Toews -- Scott Mayfield

Thomas Greiss

Semyon Varlamov

Scratched: Noah Dobson, Otto Koivula

Injured: Tom Kuhnhackl (lower body), Matt Martin (lower body), Leo Komarov (illness), Jordan Eberle (lower body), Andrew Ladd (knee)


Status report

Cooper said Cernak is a game-time decision, but he participated in the morning skate and it's likely he will play after missing the game Wednesday with a lower-body injury. Coburn will be scratched if Cernak plays. … Beauvillier will play after missing practice Thursday because of an illness. 


Stat pack

The Lightning have allowed four power-play goals in the past three games (10-for-14, 71.4 percent). They are 29th in the NHL on the penalty kill (71.1 percent). … Stamkos, who is two goals shy of 400 in the NHL, has 36 points (14 goals, 22 assists) in 34 games against the Islanders. … Greiss is 3-0-0 with a 1.99 goals-against average and .934 save percentage in his past three starts.

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