TAMPA -- Two weeks ago, when the New York Islanders came to Amalie Arena, the Tampa Bay Lightning looked mortal for the first time this season.
The Lightning, took a 5-3 home loss to the Islanders and would drop three of four games. They hadn't fully bounced back until Saturday, then 15-2-2, when they returned home and got a resounding 5-2 win against the San Jose Sharks.
including a 5-4 shootout win at the Florida Panthers on Monday night.,adidas Pekka Rinne jersey, now averaging 3.7 goals per game. New York is 5-1 in its last six,The Islanders (16-8-2) have overtaken the Lightning (18-6-2) as the league's top scoring team, scoring 4.3 goals in that stretch
" 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,"A grindy win, so it should be a good test."
and the Islanders have two top scorers in center John Tavares (16 goals) and left winger Josh Bailey (5 goals,Barzal ranks second among rookies with 24 points, 25 assists).
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, this after winning four straight games to eliminate New York in the 2016 conference semifinals in five games.
and they've won both ends only once before,The cross-Florida back-to-back won't be easy for the Islanders -- this is their sixth back-to-back of the season,adidas Gustav Nyquist jersey, on Nov. 24-25 after splitting the first four. while the Lightning rank fourth in the league,adidas Tomas Tatar jersey,The challenge might be on New York's blue line -- the Islanders rank just 24th in goals allowed,adidas Aleksander Barkov 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. since he won the meeting two weeks ago and Halak was in net for Monday's win in Florida.,Authentic Jonathan Drouin jersey, New York is split nearly evenly between Jaroslav Halak (8-6-0,Authentic Pekka Rinne jersey, 2.86 GAA) and Thomas Greiss (8-2-2,While he has taken a huge majority of the Lightning's games, 3.61). It's likely Greiss on Tuesday while the Islanders are in the second game of a four-game road trip,Both teams are in the middle of long series -- the Lightning are in the second of a four-game homestand, Authentic Aleksander Barkov jersey,with Pittsburgh and Boston still ahead. The two teams meet again for a third time on March 22 in New York.