Preview: Lightning host Islanders in clash of 2 of conference’s top teams
TV: FOX Sports Sun
TIME: Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.
New York Islanders (31-15-6, third in the Metropolitan Division) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (34-15-5, second in the Atlantic Division)
The Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Islanders take the ice in a matchup of two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.
The Lightning are 22-9-2 against conference opponents. Tampa Bay averages 9.4 penalty minutes per game, the sixth-most in the NHL. Patrick Maroon leads the team serving 62 total minutes.
The Islanders are 22-9-3 in conference play. New York has given up 29 power-play goals, killing 79.6% of opponent chances.
New York knocked off Tampa Bay 5-1 in the last meeting between these teams on Dec. 9. Brock Nelson scored two goals for the Islanders in the win.
Nikita Kucherov leads the Lightning with 40 assists and has collected 65 points this season. Steven Stamkos has eight goals and six assists over the last 10 games for Tampa Bay.
LAST 10 GAMES
Islanders: 4-3-3, averaging 3.5 goals, six assists, 3.8 penalties and 10.3 penalty minutes while giving up 3.2 goals per game with a .899 save percentage.
Lightning: 7-2-1, averaging 3.4 goals, six assists, 3.6 penalties and 7.5 penalty minutes while giving up 2.1 goals per game with a .930 save percentage.
Islanders: None listed.