Kucherov and the Lightning take on New York with 2-1 series lead

September 12

Tampa Bay Lightning (43-21-6, second in the Atlantic Division during the regular season) vs. New York Islanders (35-23-10, fifth in the Metropolitan Division during the regular season)

Edmonton, Alberta; Sunday, 3 p.m. EDT

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS: Tampa Bay leads series 2-1

BOTTOM LINE: The Tampa Bay Lightning take on the New York Islanders in the Eastern Conference finals with a 2-1 lead in the series. The teams meet Sunday for the seventh time this season. The Islanders won the last matchup 5-3.

The Islanders are 25-13-5 against Eastern Conference opponents. New York has scored 29 power-play goals, converting on 17.3% of chances.

The Lightning are 18-5-1 against opponents from the Atlantic Division. Tampa Bay leads the NHL with 5.9 assists per game, led by Nikita Kucherov averaging 0.8.

TOP PERFORMERS: Brock Nelson leads the Islanders with 26 goals, adding 28 assists and totaling 54 points. Anders Lee has four goals and two assists over the last 10 games for New York.

Kucherov leads the Lightning with 33 goals and has 85 points. Ondrej Palat has seven goals and two assists over the last 10 games for Tampa Bay.

DURING THE PLAYOFFS: Islanders: Averaging 3.3 goals, 5.2 assists, 3.9 penalties and 9.7 penalty minutes while giving up 2.3 goals per game with a .916 save percentage.

Lightning: Averaging 3.2 goals, 5.9 assists, 5.1 penalties and 13.6 penalty minutes while giving up 2.4 goals per game with a .927 save percentage.

INJURIES: Islanders: None listed.

Lightning: Steven Stamkos: out (lower body).

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