Preview: Lightning get another shot to eliminate Islanders in Thursday’s Game 6
TV: NBC Sports
TIME: 8 p.m.
EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
Tampa Bay leads series 3-2
The Tampa Bay Lightning look to clinch the Eastern Conference finals over the New York Islanders in game six. The teams meet Thursday for the ninth time this season. The Islanders won the last meeting 2-1 in overtime.
The Islanders are 25-13-5 against Eastern Conference opponents. New York has converted on 17.3% of power-play opportunities, scoring 29 power-play goals.
The Lightning are 28-12-3 in conference play. Tampa Bay averages 9.4 points per game to lead the NHL, recording 3.5 goals and 5.9 assists per game.
Mathew Barzal leads the Islanders with 41 assists and has 60 points this season. Brock Nelson has six goals and four assists over the last 10 games for New York.
DURING THE PLAYOFFS
Islanders: Averaging 3.1 goals, 4.9 assists, 3.8 penalties and 9.4 penalty minutes while giving up 2.3 goals per game with a .918 save percentage.
Lightning: Averaging 3.2 goals, 5.8 assists, 4.9 penalties and 12.8 penalty minutes while giving up 2.3 goals per game with a .928 save percentage.
Lightning: Steven Stamkos: out (lower body).