NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, December 17th
(All times Eastern)
Tampa Bay Lightning (19-11-3) at New York Islanders (9-19-6), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Lightning will try to end a three-game
road trip on a positive note when they visit the New York Islanders for
Tuesday's battle at Nassau Coliseum.
The Lightning have split the first two tilts on this swing, losing 3-0 to New
Jersey on Saturday before winning by the same score the following day in
Detroit. Sunday's victory halted Tampa Bay's seven-game road losing streak and
was just the third win in eight overall games (3-3-2) for the Lightning.
Ben Bishop earned his third shutout of the season on Sunday, making 28 saves
to anchor the 3-0 win against the Red Wings. Tampa is 3-0 against Detroit this
season and has outscored the Red Wings by a combined 8-3 margin in those
"We've had some pretty good luck against Detroit so far this year," said
Bishop. "They're a good team over there. I thought the guys did a good job
eliminating second chances. I was able to see most of the pucks. We did a good
Tyler Johnson, J.T. Brown and Alex Killorn all scored in the third period for
Tampa Bay, which won away from home for the first time since Nov. 12 at
Montreal. The Lightning are 7-8-2 on the road this season.
Tampa has not fared well against the Islanders recently, losing three
straight, four of five and seven of the past nine games in this series. The
Bolts also have lost five in a row on Long Island since last winning at the
Coliseum on Nov. 17, 2010.
The Islanders, however, enter Tuesday's meeting with just one win over their
last 13 trips to the ice. New York recently halted a 10-game slide with last
Tuesday's shootout win in San Jose, but the Isles have since lost two
New York fell to 1-9-3 over the last 13 games with Saturday's 1-0 overtime
loss against visiting Montreal. It was the first home game for the Isles
following a 1-4-0 road trip, but they lost to the Canadiens after Max
Pacioretty scored 1:51 into the extra session.
During the extra period, David Desharnais tracked down a loose puck for
Montreal behind the net and circled to the front. Once he reached the right
circle, he dished a pass to a streaking Pacioretty, who tapped the puck past
Evgeni Nabokov for the game-winner.
Nabokov allowed one goal on 25 shots in his first game back after suffering a
groin injury in a 5-4 shootout win over the Detroit Red Wings on Nov. 16.
"When you come back from a long road trip it is tough. The crowd was terrific,
it helped us out -- especially in the first period. Defensively we did a lot
of good things, but we struggled offensively," said Islanders coach Jack
Saturday's setback marked the fourth time New York has been shut out this
season and three of those have come over the last nine games.
12/17 10:52:57 ET