Tampa Bay plays conference rival New York
Tampa, Florida; Saturday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: 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.
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.