Tampa Bay takes on New York with 2-0 series lead

September 10

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; Friday, 8 p.m. EDT

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS: Tampa Bay leads series 2-0

BOTTOM LINE: The Tampa Bay Lightning take on the New York Islanders in the Eastern Conference finals with a 2-0 lead in the series. The teams meet Friday for the sixth time this season. The Lightning won the previous meeting 2-1.

The Islanders are 25-13-5 in conference matchups. New York has converted on 17.3% of power-play opportunities, scoring 29 power-play goals.

The Lightning are 18-5-1 against opponents from the Atlantic Division. Tampa Bay has scored 243 goals and leads the Eastern Conference averaging 3.5 goals per game. Nikita Kucherov leads the team with 33.

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 has 85 total points while scoring 33 goals and totaling 52 assists for the Lightning. Victor Hedman has seven goals and four assists over the last 10 games for Tampa Bay.

DURING THE PLAYOFFS: Islanders: Averaging 3.2 goals, 4.9 assists, 3.8 penalties and 8.6 penalty minutes while giving up 2.3 goals per game with a .916 save percentage.

Lightning: Averaging 3.3 goals, 6.0 assists, 5.0 penalties and 11.7 penalty minutes while giving up 2.2 goals per game with a .932 save percentage.

INJURIES: Islanders: None listed.

Lightning: Steven Stamkos: out (lower body).

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