|Team Stats (Road Games)||5-3-0||+5.2||5-3||+5.2||4-4||3.4||25.1||2.6||34.5|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+5.1||4-1||+5.1||2-3||3.4||25.6||2.0||35.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||14||45||13||15||15||2||3||365||12.3%||44||9||20.5%||71|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||8||27||7||10||9||1||0||201||13.4%||23||5||21.7%||47|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||17||7||5||4||1||2||128||13.3%||18||3||16.7%||25|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||34||12||8||12||2||3||476||7.1%||44||10||22.7%||58|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||21||8||5||8||0||2||276||7.6%||23||5||21.7%||34|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||10||4||2||3||1||1||178||5.6%||17||3||17.6%||17|
|THOMAS GREISS (All Games)||9||7||251||236||94.0%||1||4-3||+2.6||4-3-0||+3||2-5|
|THOMAS GREISS (Road Games)||5||3||127||121||95.3%||0||2-1||+2.3||2-1-0||+3||0-3|
|THOMAS GREISS (Last 4 Games)||4||3||114||108||94.7%||1||2-1||+1.3||2-1-0||+1||1-2|
|ROBIN LEHNER (All Games)||7||7||223||207||92.8%||1||4-3||+3.3||4-3-0||+3||4-3|
|ROBIN LEHNER (Road Games)||5||5||147||134||91.2%||0||3-2||+2.8||3-2-0||+2||4-1|
|ROBIN LEHNER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||130||120||92.3%||0||2-2||+1.2||2-2-0||+1||2-2|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||6-2-0||+1.8||6-2||+1.8||3-5||4.0||34.2||2.4||32.7|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+2.8||4-1||+2.8||3-2||4.4||40.6||2.6||29.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||15||55||18||14||21||2||4||519||10.6%||55||14||25.5%||93|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||8||32||10||9||12||1||3||274||11.7%||31||8||25.8%||55|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||22||6||7||8||1||0||203||10.8%||17||4||23.5%||41|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||40||15||9||15||1||3||475||8.4%||56||6||10.7%||59|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||19||6||6||7||0||3||262||7.3%||31||2||6.5%||28|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||7||2||4||0||1||149||8.7%||15||4||26.7%||21|
|LOUIS DOMINQUE (All Games)||4||4||131||116||88.5%||0||3-1||+1.9||3-1-0||+2||3-1|
|LOUIS DOMINQUE (Home Games)||1||1||40||38||95.0%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|LOUIS DOMINQUE (Last 4 Games)||4||4||131||116||88.5%||0||3-1||+1.9||3-1-0||+2||3-1|
|ANDREI VASILEVSKIY (All Games)||11||11||341||319||93.5%||0||8-3||+2.4||8-3-0||+3||4-7|
|ANDREI VASILEVSKIY (Home Games)||7||7||219||205||93.6%||0||5-2||+0.8||5-2-0||+1||3-4|
|ANDREI VASILEVSKIY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||123||114||92.7%||0||3-1||+1.8||3-1-0||+2||2-2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: NY ISLANDERS 3.17, TAMPA BAY 3.03|
|10/13/2018||at NASHVILLE||2-5||L||0, +190||L||6 un||O|
|10/17/2018||at ANAHEIM||1-4||L||0, +125||L||5.5 ev||U|
|10/18/2018||at LOS ANGELES||7-2||W||0, +150||W||5.5 un||O|
|10/20/2018||at SAN JOSE||1-4||L||0, +195||L||6 ev||U|
|10/24/2018||FLORIDA||2-3||L||0, -110||L||6.5 un||U|
|10/27/2018||at PHILADELPHIA||6-1||W||0, +140||W||6 ev||O|
|10/28/2018||at CAROLINA||2-1||W||0, +180||W||6 ov||U|
|10/30/2018||at PITTSBURGH||6-3||W||0, +195||W||6 ov||O|
|11/1/2018||PITTSBURGH||3-2||W||0, +145||W||6.5 ev||U|
|11/3/2018||NEW JERSEY||3-0||W||0, -105||W||6 un||U|
|11/5/2018||MONTREAL||3-4||L||0, -115||L||5.5 ev||O|
|11/8/2018||at TAMPA BAY|| |
|11/10/2018||at FLORIDA|| |
|11/15/2018||NY RANGERS|| |
|10/13/2018||COLUMBUS||8-2||W||0, -165||W||6 ov||O|
|10/16/2018||CAROLINA||4-2||W||0, -170||W||6.5 ov||U|
|10/18/2018||DETROIT||3-1||W||0, -315||W||6 ov||U|
|10/20/2018||at MINNESOTA||4-5||L||0, -145||L||6 un||O|
|10/21/2018||at CHICAGO||6-3||W||0, -140||W||6.5 un||O|
|10/24/2018||at COLORADO||1-0||W||0, -120||W||6.5 un||U|
|10/26/2018||at VEGAS||3-2||W||0, -110||W||5.5 ev||U|
|10/27/2018||at ARIZONA||1-7||L||0, -110||L||5.5 un||O|
|10/30/2018||NEW JERSEY||8-3||W||0, -165||W||5.5 ov||O|
|11/1/2018||NASHVILLE||1-4||L||0, -125||L||6 un||U|
|11/3/2018||at MONTREAL||4-1||W||0, -135||W||6 un||U|
|11/4/2018||at OTTAWA||4-3||W||0, -245||W||6 ov||O|
|11/6/2018||EDMONTON||5-2||W||0, -200||W||6 ev||O|
|11/8/2018||NY ISLANDERS|| |
|11/13/2018||at BUFFALO|| |
|11/15/2018||at PITTSBURGH|| |
|11/17/2018||at PHILADELPHIA|| |
|11/19/2018||at NASHVILLE|| |
|NY ISLANDERS: LAST SEASON: 35-37-10, 80 points. Seventh in Metropolitan Division.
COACH: Barry Trotz (first season, 20th NHL season).
ADDED: F Leo Komarov, F Valtteri Filppula, F Tom Kuhnhackl, F Jan Kovar, G Robin Lehner, D Luca Sbisa.
LOST: F John Tavares, D Calvin de Haan, G Jaroslav Halak.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Mathew Barzal. The reigning Calder Trophy winner as the league's top rookie will be looked on to fill a bigger role with Tavares' departure. Barzal led the team in scoring last season with 85 points (22 goals, 63 assists). After playing on the second line with Jordan Eberle and fellow youngster Anthony Beauvillier a year ago, Barzal is expected to lead the top line with Beauvillier and Josh Bailey.
OUTLOOK: The Islanders have made just three playoff appearances in the last 11 seasons, missing out by 17 points last season after finishing with 30 losses in their final 45 games (15-24-6). The regression cost general manager Garth Snow and
COACH Doug Weight their jobs, replaced by three-time champion executive Lou Lamoriello as president of hockey operations and Trotz ' who led Washington to the Stanley Cup title. The change in leadership has brought new optimism for the future, though experts expect another playoff miss.
|TAMPA BAY: LAST SEASON: 54-23-5, 113 points. Won Atlantic Division. |
LOST to Washington Capitals in Eastern Conference Finals.
COACH: Jon Cooper (sixth NHL season, 242-143-40, 36-28 playoffs).
ADDED: F Andy Andreoff.
LOST: F Chris Kunitz, G Peter Budaj, D Jake Dotchin.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Nikita Kucherov. Kucherov has taken the mantle from Steven Stamkos to become the Lightning's most dynamic player. He scored a career-high 40 goals in 2016-17 and followed it up with 39 goals and 100 points last season. Kucherov signed an 8-year, $76 million contract extension in July.
OUTLOOK: Even with the surprising announcement of Steve Yzerman stepping down as general manager, it's business as usual for the Lightning. The roster remains largely unchanged from last season and another deep playoff run is expected as long as Kucherov, Stamkos, Brayden Point, Victor Hedman and Andrei Vasilevskiy stay healthy.
|Lightning eye fourth straight win against Islanders|
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning look to continue their winning ways against the resurgent New York Islanders when the teams meet Thursday at Amalie Arena.
The Lightning enter with a three-game winning streak and have won four of the past five games to sit atop the Atlantic Division standings.
The Islanders saw their five-game winning streak end on Monday at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens but remain at the top of the Metropolitan Division standings.
The Lightning have raced to the top of the standings behind deep offensive talent with seven players already in double digits in scoring just 15 games into the season.
"When you get the scoring through the lineup, it's just a confidence builder for the players that are used to scoring and they're feeling good about themselves," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said.
"Everybody's kind of chipping in in the way you need, in the way the team's built. When everyone is feeling good about themselves whether it's the penalty kill guys or whatever, it's just a good recipe and that's what's been happening."
While Brayden Point paces Tampa Bay in scoring with a team-high nine goals and 19 points, Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos have started to find the scoresheet with more consistency lately. The pair combined for three goals and six points in a victory over Edmonton on Tuesday. Stamkos has four goals in his past six games and Kucherov has three multi-point games in his past six since the two were reunited on a line.
"We always just try to create room for each other out there, whether it's trying to two-on-one someone or give-or-go," Stamkos said. "Obviously, we've developed that chemistry, and it was nice to have a couple nice plays tonight and contribute to another win."
The Lightning remain without defenseman Victor Hedman, who returned to practice for the first time on Wednesday in nearly two weeks, and Ondrej Palat, who is expected to miss more time with a lower body injury.
The Islanders are winning games with a commitment to defense under new coach Barry Trotz. New York has allowed two or fewer goals seven times in 14 games.
But New York wants to find more offense, particularly with a power play that sits in the middle of the pack in the league standings but is on a 1-of-10 stretch.
"I think it's still a work in progress and it will be," Trotz told Newsday after Wednesday's practice in Tampa. "Some guys are still struggling with some of the concepts, when to move the puck and when not to. We're going to go the first 20 (games) and then reassess it, personnel-wise, making sure we have the right people in the right spots."
New York will be without winger Matt Martin, who did not make the trip due to an upper body injury. Jordan Eberle, who missed practice on Wednesday, is expected to be available to play.
|Last Updated: 12/11/2018 12:59:03 PM EST|