Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Islanders: ROUND 3, GAME 6
Time: 8:00 pm Eastern Time
Location: Rogers Place
Broadcast/Streaming: NBC, SN, TVA-S, FuboTV
Opponent SBNation Site: Lighthouse Hockey
Well, that wasn’t the result we were hoping for in Game 5, but the good news is the Lightning get another crack at eliminating the Islanders tonight, and hopefully they’re able to finish off the series.
While Brayden Point’s absence was definitely not the reason the Lightning lost Game 5, it is concerning that the team’s two losses in this series have come without him in the lineup. The Islanders have found ways to tighten up defensively and stymie the Lightning since the series began. Tampa Bay is going to have to dig a lot deeper to find other ways to score — and it has to come from players like Anthony Cirelli, promoted to the top line in Point’s absence, Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn.
Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat were both roughed up at various points during Game 5 but aren’t expected to miss any game action. However, with Point’s status up in the air, it could be a cause for concern if one of them can’t play for any extended period of time.
The most frustrating part of Game 5 was how the Lightning weren’t able to capitalize on golden opportunities — like a four-minute power play — and having a goal called back because of an (obvious) offside review. They were the better team for almost the entire game, but it didn’t matter. The goals didn’t come, and neither did the win.
Jon Cooper was adamant yesterday that the Lightning don’t face anymore adversity in failing to eliminate the Islanders in their first opportunity. The team has faced and overcome far worse during the playoffs. The five-overtime win in the first game of the playoffs against the team that swept them the year before, killing off major penalties, and winning a game with only nine forwards were just some of the examples Cooper listed.
The Lightning haven’t lost two straight games throughout this entire postseason. While that’s not a reason to say they’ve got this in the bag tonight, they’re a confident, quiet group. This team knows what they have to do, and hopefully they’re ready again tonight.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Ondrej Palat - ? - Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - Tyler Johnson
Barclay Goodrow - Yanni Gourde - Blake Coleman
Cedric Paquette - Patrick Maroon
Alexander Volkov, Mathieu Joseph, Carter Verhaeghe, Mitchell Stephens
Injured: Steven Stamkos, Brayden Point
Victor Hedman - Zach Bogosian
Ryan McDonagh - Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev - Kevin Shattenkirk
Luke Schenn, Braydon Coburn
Injured: Jan Rutta
New York Islanders
Anders Lee - Mathew Barzal - Jordan Eberle
Anthony Beauvillier - Brock Nelson - Josh Bailey
Andrew Ladd - Jean-Gabriel Pageau - Leo Komarov
Matt Martin - Ross Johnston - Cal Clutterbuck
Michael Dal Colle, Derick Brassard
Adam Pelech - Ryan Pulock
Devon Toews - Scott Mayfield
Nick Leddy - Andy Greene