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Preview: Lightning at Islanders

Ben Bishop in goal for Tampa Bay, Thomas Greiss starts again for New York

by Jon Lane @JonLaneNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

LIGHTNING (5-4-0) at ISLANDERS (4-5-0 )

7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV

 

Lightning team scope

The Tampa Bay Lightning have been outscored 12-3 during a three-game losing streak, their longest since losing four straight (0-3-1) from Oct. 24-31, 2015. "It's work," coach Jon Cooper said. "In the end that's what it is. We think of one net and not the other one. That was something that happened with us three years ago, but that's not been our mentality the last two years. For some reason we've forgotten about our own net. That's the net we have to worry about." The Lightning are 2-3-0 during their six-game, 11-day road trip, which ends Tuesday. "We want to finish the trip on a good note," forward Alex Killorn said. "I think tonight is a good opportunity for us to kind of go home feeling a little bit better about this road trip. Tonight has to be kind of a turning point for us because the past couple of games haven't been good for us." The Lightning are 28th in the NHL with three first-period goals, all of which came against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 25. "We haven't had very good starts this year," goalie Ben Bishop said. "So it's going to be important to have a good 20 [minutes] and then follow that up with a solid 40 [minutes] after that." The Lightning play the New York Islanders for the first time since the Eastern Conference Second Round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, a series they won in five games.

 

Islanders team scope

Goalie Thomas Greiss will start his second consecutive game after making a season-high 33 saves in the Islanders' 5-1 win against the Maple Leafs at Barclays Center on Sunday. Goalie Jaroslav Halak, whose agent tweeted his displeasure with the Islanders' three-goalie rotation before the game, will be the backup. Halak and coach Jack Capuano spoke at length before practice Monday. "I had a good talk with him," Capuano said. "Just want to get a feel again after it came out in the media a little bit, again, to revisit that to see how he was doing and he's fine." Rookie forward Anthony Beauvillier will play his ninth game, after which the Islanders must decide whether to return him to junior hockey or continue to play him and burn the first season of his three-year, entry-level contract. Beauvillier has one goal, five points and a plus-5 rating, and is playing on the top line with center John Tavares and right wing Josh Bailey. "The biggest thing for me is teams that compete always have a chance to win a hockey game," Capuano said. "He's competing for us." Forward Andrew Ladd, signed to a seven-year contract reportedly worth $38.5 million on July 1, has yet to score in nine games. "He had a couple of really good chances in the last game," Capuano said. "Just have a singular focus. Don't worry about what's going on or what somebody is saying. Just play the game. I think if he just stays with it good things will happen." Forward Casey Cizikas will play in his 300th NHL game.

 

Lightning projected lineup

Ondrej Palat -- Steven Stamkos -- Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn -- Tyler Johnson -- Brayden Point

Jonathan Drouin -- Valtteri Filppula - Ryan Callahan

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Brian Boyle -- J.T. Brown

Victor Hedman -- Anton Stralman

Jason Garrison -- Andrej Sustr

Slater Koekkoek -- Braydon Coburn

Ben Bishop

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Scratched: Cedric Paquette, Nikita Nesterov

Injured: None

 

Islanders projected lineup

Anthony Beauvillier -- John Tavares -- Josh Bailey

Shane Prince -- Brock Nelson -- Andrew Ladd

Anders Lee -- Ryan Strome -- Jason Chimera

Nikolay Kulemin -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy -- Travis Hamonic

Thomas Hickey -- Johnny Boychuk

Calvin de Haan -- Dennis Seidenberg

Thomas Greiss

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Jean-Francois Berube, Alan Quine, Mathew Barzal

Injured: Ryan Pulock (lower body)

 

Status report

Koekkoek was recalled from Syracuse of the American Hockey League on Monday and will make his season debut. He had one assist and a minus-1 rating in 10 Stanley Cup Playoff games during the Lightning's run to the Eastern Conference Final last season. "I expect him to contribute to us winning hockey games," Cooper said. "That's what he's here for and that's what we expect. His skating ability, his ability to defend, which is something we are not doing right now. Hopefully he can add a spark for us." Defenseman Matt Taormina was reassigned to Syracuse. … Bishop will start for the Lightning. … The Islanders will use the same lineup that defeated the Maple Leafs on Sunday. … Barzal was under the weather and did not participate in an optional morning skate. He's played two games but Capuano wants to get him in the lineup soon. "He understands that we have four centericemen right now," Capuano said. "He's not going to play the wing. But he's been great. I think he got frustrated early on, but I think now he knows [that] I'm here, I'm learning, I'm trying to get better every day. His mindset has changed a little bit."

 

Who's hot

Stamkos has a point in six of nine games (6-4-10). … Killorn has scored a goal in six of nine games (6-1-7). … Point has an assist in three of his past five games. … Tavares has three goals and six points in his past six games. … Prince has two goals and four points in two games since returning from a lower-body injury. … Nelson two straight multipoint games and leads the Islanders with nine points (three goals, six assists). … Islanders defensemen have goals in five straight games, tying the longest streak in their history, set in 1987.

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