|61||NY ISLANDERS||+180||Ov 5.5,-120||+180||Ov 5.5,-125|
|62||TAMPA BAY||-220||Un 5.5,+100||-220||Un 5.5,+105|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||17-19-0||+6.1||17-19||+6.1||23-12||2.9||29.0||3.3||30.7|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1.9||3-2||+1.9||3-2||2.8||35.2||3.0||30.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||72||202||51||79||62||10||12||2222||9.1%||249||41||16.5%||335|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||36||104||25||38||35||6||9||1045||10.0%||118||16||13.6%||167|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||14||7||4||3||0||1||176||8.0%||13||2||15.4%||27|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||243||59||93||82||9||15||2173||11.2%||230||52||22.6%||416|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||120||34||50||35||1||5||1104||10.9%||128||30||23.4%||205|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||15||6||5||4||0||0||151||9.9%||20||4||20.0%||27|
|EVGENI NABOKOV (All Games)||36||34||985||889||90.3%||1||14-20||-5.8||14-20-0||-6||19-13|
|EVGENI NABOKOV (Road Games)||14||14||430||389||90.5%||0||8-6||+5.2||8-6-0||+4||8-5|
|EVGENI NABOKOV (Last 4 Games)||4||4||120||109||90.8%||1||2-2||+0.7||2-2-0||0||2-2|
|ANDERS NILSSON (All Games)||13||11||358||315||88.0%||0||4-7||-2.2||4-7-0||-1||7-4|
|ANDERS NILSSON (Road Games)||6||5||159||138||86.8%||0||2-3||+0.3||2-3-0||+1||4-1|
|ANDERS NILSSON (Last 4 Games)||4||4||107||92||86.0%||0||2-2||+0.6||2-2-0||+1||3-1|
|KEVIN POULIN (All Games)||28||27||820||731||89.1%||2||10-17||-3.8||10-17-0||-3||16-11|
|KEVIN POULIN (Road Games)||17||17||510||457||89.6%||2||7-10||+0.6||7-10-0||+1||11-6|
|KEVIN POULIN (Last 4 Games)||4||4||132||115||87.1%||0||1-3||-1.4||1-3-0||-1||4-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||20-14-0||+1.4||20-14||+1.4||19-11||3.3||29.8||2.6||28.7|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||0||3-2||0||5-0||4.0||30.0||3.6||31.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||72||214||58||81||64||11||13||2142||10.0%||235||43||18.3%||367|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||34||111||32||40||35||4||6||1012||11.0%||114||22||19.3%||187|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||20||7||6||7||0||0||150||13.3%||24||8||33.3%||36|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||193||45||76||63||9||13||2113||9.1%||240||48||20.0%||306|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||89||20||34||29||6||7||976||9.1%||111||21||18.9%||146|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||18||5||4||7||2||1||159||11.3%||20||5||25.0%||28|
|BEN BISHOP (All Games)||56||56||1592||1475||92.7%||4||34-22||+10.6||34-22-0||+11||27-25|
|BEN BISHOP (Home Games)||27||27||773||716||92.6%||2||18-9||+6.5||18-9-0||+5||14-9|
|BEN BISHOP (Last 4 Games)||4||4||130||117||90.0%||0||3-1||+1||3-1-0||+1||4-0|
|CEDRICK DESJARDINS (All Games)||1||0||13||11||84.6%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CEDRICK DESJARDINS (Home Games)||1||0||13||11||84.6%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CEDRICK DESJARDINS (Last 4 Games)||1||0||13||11||84.6%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|KRISTERS GUDLEVSKIS (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|KRISTERS GUDLEVSKIS (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ANDERS LINDBACK (All Games)||20||16||501||440||87.8%||2||5-11||-8||5-11-0||-7||10-6|
|ANDERS LINDBACK (Home Games)||8||7||188||165||87.8%||0||2-5||-5.1||2-5-0||-4||5-2|
|ANDERS LINDBACK (Last 4 Games)||4||3||105||91||86.7%||0||0-3||-4.4||0-3-0||-4||1-2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: NY ISLANDERS 3.2, TAMPA BAY 3.07|
|3/1/2014||NEW JERSEY||1-6||L||0, -105||L||5 ov||O|
|3/2/2014||FLORIDA||3-5||L||0, -150||L||5.5 ov||O|
|3/4/2014||at WINNIPEG||3-2||W||0, +170||W||5.5 ov||U|
|3/6/2014||at EDMONTON||2-3||L||0, +120||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/7/2014||at CALGARY||3-4||L||0, +120||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/10/2014||at VANCOUVER||7-4||W||0, +140||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/14/2014||SAN JOSE||3-4||L||0, +150||L||5.5 ev||O|
|3/15/2014||BUFFALO||4-1||W||0, -145||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/18/2014||MINNESOTA||0-6||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/23/2014||COLUMBUS||2-0||W||0, +130||W||5.5 ov||U|
|3/25/2014||at CAROLINA||5-4||W||0, +160||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/27/2014||at TAMPA BAY|| |
|3/29/2014||NEW JERSEY|| |
|4/2/2014||at OTTAWA|| |
|4/6/2014||at COLUMBUS|| |
|3/1/2014||at DALLAS||4-2||W||0, +110||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/2/2014||at COLORADO||3-6||L||0, +130||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/4/2014||at ST LOUIS||2-4||L||0, +160||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/6/2014||BUFFALO||1-3||L||0, -240||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/8/2014||BOSTON||3-4||L||0, +100||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/10/2014||PHOENIX||3-4||L||0, -150||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/13/2014||FLORIDA||5-4||W||0, -260||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/15/2014||NEW JERSEY||3-0||W||0, -160||W||5 ov||U|
|3/17/2014||VANCOUVER||4-3||W||0, -215||W||5 ov||O|
|3/19/2014||at TORONTO||5-3||W||0, -135||W||5.5 ev||O|
|3/20/2014||at OTTAWA||5-4||W||0, -125||W||5.5 ov||O|
|3/22/2014||at PITTSBURGH||3-4||L||0, +150||L||6 un||O|
|3/24/2014||OTTAWA||3-4||L||0, -200||L||5.5 ov||O|
|3/27/2014||NY ISLANDERS|| |
|3/29/2014||at BUFFALO|| |
|3/30/2014||at DETROIT|| |
|NY ISLANDERS: UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - With their eyes squarely on the future, the New York Islanders can harken back to some recent history to build on.
For the first time in six years, the Islanders are starting a season after making a playoff appearance, and there is every reason to believe that reaching the postseason can soon become a much more common occurrence.
The Islanders stretched the Pittsburgh Penguins to six games, dropping the final two of the first-round series after splitting the first four. Just getting into the postseason was a major accomplishment, even in the lockout-shortened season, and the task will be even greater this time in a full 82-game campaign.
``I definitely see the expectations are higher, and people are going to expect for us to be in the playoffs,'' new captain John Tavares said.
|TAMPA BAY: Since getting off to a flying start in 2011-12, the Steve Yzerman era in Tampa Bay has stalled considerably.|
Heading into his fourth season as the club's general manager, the former Detroit Red Wings great is aiming to reverse the trend that has seen the Lightning miss out on the playoffs in each of the past two springs after making it to the Eastern Conference finals in 2010.
The Lightning are an exciting team to watch, but the club's high-powered offensive attack may need to dial it back a little in 2013-14 in order to comply with Cooper's new system. That doesn't mean he'll put a leash on Stamkos or St. Louis, but the rest of the forwards will be asked to chip in more at the back end. The slightest improvement on defense and in goal could be the difference in making the playoffs this season. Then again, treading water will likely mean a third straight season out of the postseason.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (NY ISLANDERS-TAMPA BAY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Islanders-Lightning Preview* =============================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
New York (28-35-9) at Tampa Bay (39-24-9), 7:30 p.m. EDT
The Tampa Bay Lightning continue to earn points, just not as many as they would like.
While the Lightning look to extend their point streak to 10 games, they'll also try to avoid a third consecutive defeat Thursday night against the visiting New York Islanders.
Tampa Bay's current 5-0-4 stretch is the club's longest without a regulation loss since going 14-0-2 with two ties during its Stanley Cup-winning season of 2003-04.
However, after consecutive 4-3 losses at Pittsburgh in overtime on Saturday and versus Ottawa in a shootout at home Monday, the Lightning (39-24-9) must get back on track and start winning if they are to earn home-ice advantage in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
"We need to get every point that we can," said defenseman Victor Hedman, who recorded his fourth point in three games with a goal against the Senators. "We want to be as high up in the standings as we can."
Third in the Atlantic Division, Tampa Bay is likely to face second-place Montreal in the first round of the postseason. The Lightning are currently two points behind the Canadiens, but have two games in hand.
"Naturally we want two (points)," coach Jon Cooper told the Lightning's official website. "But at this point we're just taking them."
Tampa Bay was fortunate to come away with one in each of its last two contests.
After Ondrej Palat scored late in the third period to force overtime at Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay overcame a 3-1 second-period deficit Monday. Steven Stamkos tied it early in the third with the team's eighth power-play goal in five games, but the Lightning failed to score in the shootout against a Senators team that is set to miss the playoffs.
"We showed character, like always, coming back and getting the point, but we need to start the game way more intense, especially against desperate teams at home," said Stamkos, who has seven goals and three assists in seven contests since failing to record a point in his first three back from missing 45 games with a broken leg.
After failing to prevail in the first of a three-game stretch against teams either eliminated from the postseason race or no longer a serious contender, the Lightning have no reason to take the Islanders (28-35-9) for granted.
New York has won two straight and four of six overall, and evened the season series with its second straight victory at Tampa Bay, 2-1 in a shootout Jan. 16.
Colin McDonald and Matt Martin each had two goals Tuesday as New York jumped out to a 4-0 first-period lead then hung on for a 5-4 win at Carolina.
"We're not going to make the playoffs this year, but guys are fighting for jobs for next year," said McDonald, who also added an assist.
New York's Frans Nielsen scored the lone shootout goal at Tampa Bay in January, and has a regulation goal with two assists in his last three against the Lightning.
Facing the Islanders for the first time this season, Stamkos has five goals and four assists in the last seven meetings.
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 12:25:15 PM EST|