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Lightning vs. Islanders preview: And we meet again

Nine days since the Lightning handed the Islanders a 6-1 loss; 9 days since Drouin hasn’t played

Tampa Bay Lightning v New York Islanders Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Lightning at Islanders: Game 14

Time: 7:30 pm Eastern Time

Location: Amalie Arena

Broadcast/Streaming: SUN, MSG+

Opponent SBNation Site: Lighthouse Hockey

It’s been nine days since the Lightning disposed the Islanders 6-1 at Barclays Center, a game that prompted boos and chants for Isles head coach Jack Capuano’s firing. The Islanders responded to that game with two shootout losses and a 4-2 victory over the Canucks, one of the league’s basement dwellers.

The biggest issue for the Islanders is their lack of balancing scored from the offense. It’s easy to point the finger at their big, offseason free-agent signing, Andrew Ladd, being dropped to the fourth line. But since we last saw the team, Ladd has gotten a goal, which brings his season total to... one goal and one assist in 13 games. Combined with re-signing of Casey Cizikas also in the offseason, the Islanders employ a fourth line that’s being paid a combined $13 million this year. Yikes.

The Islanders’ defense is a bright spot. They already have a combined 29 points from the top six, and Dennis Seidenberg is third in scoring for the team. For comparison, Lightning’s top six have 24.

The Islanders are going to have to bring their A-plus game as they face a Bolts team coming off loss they let slip away late in the game. The Isles could be dangerous if they play with a chip on their shoulder. They were embarrassed in the previous meeting, and the losses the Bolts keeping handing them are mounting.

But the Bolts kinda have one of their own. They won't soon forget the reason why there’s no timetable for Jonathan Drouin’s return. Drouin hasn’t played since being knocked out in their last meeting on a hit by Calvin de Haan.

Tampa Bay Lightning

Forward Lines

Vladislav Namestnikov - Steven Stamkos - Nikita Kucherov

Ondrej Palat - Tyler Johnson - Brayden Point

Alex Killorn - Valtteri Filppula - Ryan Callahan

Brian Boyle - Cedric Pacquette - JT Brown

Defence Pairings

Victor Hedman - Anton Stralman

Jason Garrison - Andrej Sustr

Braydon Coburn - Nikita Nesterov

Goaltenders

Ben Bishop

Andrei Vasilevskiy

New York Islanders

Forward Lines

Josh Bailey - John Tavares - Cal Clutterbuck

Alan Quine - Ryan Strome - Shane Prince

Anders Lee - Brock Nelson - Jason Chimera

Andrew Ladd - Casey Cizikas - Nikolay Kulemin

Defence Pairings

Nick Leddy - Adam Pelech

Thomas Hickey - Johnny Boychuk

Calvin deHaan - Dennis Seidenberg

Goaltenders

Jaroslav Halak

Thomas Greiss

Line information will be updated in the Game Day Thread.