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TAMPA -- Two weeks ago, the Tampa Bay Lightning looked mortal for the first time this season., when the New York Islanders came to Amalie Arena
The Lightning, then 15-2-2,adidas Gordie Howe jersey, when they returned home and got a resounding 5-2 win against the San Jose Sharks.,adidas Jimmy Howard jersey, took a 5-3 home loss to the Islanders and would drop three of four games. They hadn't fully bounced back until Saturday
"Nothing like coming home and getting a win for everybody to start feeling better about themselves,Authentic Henrik Zetterberg jersey," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said Monday as the Lightning prepared for Tuesday night's game against New York. "We had a shoot-first attitude (Saturday),Authentic Frans Nielsen jersey, you look fast when you're not turning the puck over.", which I really liked, and ultimately
The Islanders (16-8-2) have overtaken the Lightning (18-6-2) as the league's top scoring team, now averaging 3.7 goals per game. New York is 5-1 in its last six, including a 5-4 shootout win at the Florida Panthers on Monday night., scoring 4.3 goals in that stretch
"A grindy win, so it should be a good test."," rookie Mathew Barzal told MSG Networks after he got the winning goal in shootout. "It's huge to start the road trip off the right way like that. We wanted that second point in shootout. (Tampa Bay) is one of the top teams in the league
Barzal ranks second among rookies with 24 points,Authentic Gordie Howe jersey, 25 assists).,adidas Frans Nielsen jersey, and the Islanders have two top scorers in center John Tavares (16 goals) and left winger Josh Bailey (5 goals
They'll go up against the league's top two scorers in Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov (19 goals) and Steven Stamkos (11 goals, 26 assists). Kucherov broke out of a mini-slump with two goals in Saturday's win.
Tampa Bay had owned the Islanders before the win last month -- they swept them last year by a combined score of 14-2,Authentic Jimmy Howard jersey, this after winning four straight games to eliminate New York in the 2016 conference semifinals in five games.
The cross-Florida back-to-back won't be easy for the Islanders -- this is their sixth back-to-back of the season, on Nov. 24-25 after splitting the first four.,adidas Henrik Zetterberg jersey, and they've won both ends only once before
The challenge might be on New York's blue line -- the Islanders rank just 24th in goals allowed,adidas Wayne Gretzky jersey, giving up just 2.5 goals per game. Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy still leads the league with 14 wins and ranks fifth with a 2.22 goals-against average.,Authentic Wayne Gretzky jersey, while the Lightning rank fourth in the league
While he has taken a huge majority of the Lightning's games, New York is split nearly evenly between Jaroslav Halak (8-6-0, since he won the meeting two weeks ago and Halak was in net for Monday's win in Florida., 2.86 GAA) and Thomas Greiss (8-2-2, 3.61). It's likely Greiss on Tuesday
Both teams are in the middle of long series -- the Lightning are in the second of a four-game homestand, with Pittsburgh and Boston still ahead. The two teams meet again for a third time on March 22 in New York., while the Islanders are in the second game of a four-game road trip