Game 48 Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Islanders

With another road win in its pocket, this time after closing out the Rangers in a thrilling and closely-contested — until score effects took over with the Rangers chasing the tying goal and the Lightning scrambling to prevent it — tilt the other night, Tampa Bay has returned home where it will play four of its next five scheduled matches. The Bolts have had the bulk of their success at the Forum this season and get to play host this evening to a New York Islanders squad that lost to the Panthers after spotting a big lead during a pedestrian effort in the opening frame on Tuesday and hasn’t exactly been a strong road team this season.

The Isles, though, have been on an upswing of late and have gained a little ground on the pack of middling clubs contending for one of the two final Eastern Conference playoff slots. Prior to facing the Panthers, New York had won four-straight and eight of its previous ten games and climbed . With four or more goals in half or the matches (and managing 5 three times and even putting up a 7-spot), the run has been fueled in no small part by a heap of offensive production and a couple of explosive performances from its power play.

New York’s recent success, however, is a bit of a mirage created by a mixed surge in on-ice fortune in relation to converting shots on goal and the puck staying out of its net in shorthanded situations. In this spate, the Islanders did enjoy brief spike in its possession metrics but also also played like the below-average team at evens — where it tends to not drive play and hemorrhage goals against — it has been to this point. In a broad sense, the Islanders are reminiscent of Lightning clubs of seasons past: competent, overall, on offense with several key forwards having to overcompensate for a top-heavy roster and a chicken-or-the-egg dilemma relating to its defense and the trio of netminders which has alternated patrolling the team’s crease.

SEASON SERIES

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NOTES

STANDINGS

LIGHTNING
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ISLANDERS
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ACTIVE ROSTERS

LIGHTNING
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ISLANDERS
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STATPACK

LIGHTNING

RANKINGS

TEAM POSSESSION & SCORING RATES
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TEAM POSSESSION, SCORING & SHOOTING PERCENTAGES
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TOTALS

TEAM POSSESSION & SCORING
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GOALTENDING (ON-ICE)
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PLAYER SCORING
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RATES

TEAM POSSESSION & SCORING
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GOALTENDING (ON-ICE)
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PERCENTAGES

TEAM POSSESSION, SCORING & SHOOTING
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ISLANDERS

RANKINGS

TEAM POSSESSION & SCORING RATES
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TEAM POSSESSION, SCORING & SHOOTING PERCENTAGES
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TOTALS

TEAM POSSESSION & SCORING
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GOALTENDING (ON-ICE)
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PLAYER SCORING
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RATES


TEAM POSSESSION & SCORING
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GOALTENDING (ON-ICE)
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PERCENTAGES

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GOALTENDING (ON-ICE)
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Team stats cited from Extra Skater.

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