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New York Islanders at Tampa Bay Lightning Preview and Game Day Thread

The Bolts look for their first home victory of the season

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

New York Islanders at Tampa Bay Lightning: GAME# 6

Time: 7:00 pm Eastern Time

Location: Amalie Arena Arena

Broadcast/Streaming: BSSUNX, MSGSN

DraftKings Line: Lightning -1.5 O/U 6.0

Opponent SBNation Site: Lighthouse Hockey

Preview:

The Tampa Bay Lightning earned their second win of the season by beating the Florida Panthers on Friday night. The victory against a solid playoff team like the Panthers might seem like a turning point for the Lightning, however if we look closer at the Lightning’s stats, we can see that their problems still haven’t disappeared.

The Bolts are still struggling at 5-on-5. The Panthers dominated them in the first two period of yesterday’s game and the Lightning managed to even the things out only by the third period. The top line of Hagel, Point and Kucherov looked better than everyone else, posting 77.51 xGF%, but still couldn’t convert it into actual goals. According to Evolving-Hockey.com, the Lightning have 39.24 GF% at 5-on-5 overall this season, being the fourth worst team in the league in this category.

The power play has been so far the most dangerous weapon of the Lightning this season. Yesterday, the Bolts scored two more power play goals, improving to 31.82 PP%, ranking fourth in the league. Steven Stamkos has been an anchor of that power play unit, tallying five of his seven goals on the power play. Nikita Kucherov, who has a goal drought since the start of the season, also recorded five of his seven points on power play.

Andrei Vasilevskiy has been the second best player on the Lightning’s roster so far. Despite suffering two losses this season, he still has a strong 2.85 GSAx record. Yesterday he stopped 36 of the opponent’s 38 shots.

The New York Islanders have the similar problems at 5-on-5 so far. The Isles are 29th in the league with 41.87 xGF% so far. They’re currently 2-2-0 through the start of the season, coming off a 4-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils, where the Isles were heavily outshot 41-17. Anders Lee currently leads the team with five points, while Oliver Wahlstrom’s three goals is the best result on this team. The best players of the team are their goaltenders: despite a pretty big workload, both Ilya Sorokin and Semyon Varlamov has strong numbers, especially Sorokin, who tops the league with 5.95 GSAx so far.

The Lightning are returning to Amalie Arena for their second game in two days. Don’t expect a longer home stint though, as the Bolts are going on a California trip after tonight’s game.

Tampa Bay vs New York Comparison

Game # 6 Tampa Bay Lightning New York Islanders
Game # 6 Tampa Bay Lightning New York Islanders
Overall Record 2-3-0 2-2-0
Home Record 0-1-0 2-2-0
Road Record 2-2-0 0-0-0
Goals For 13 14
Goals Against 16 10
xGF 15.66 13.66
xGA 19.44 16.05
PP% 31.8% 8.3%
PK% 79% 100%

Tampa Bay Lightning

Forward Lines

Brandon Hagel - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn - Steven Stamkos - Vlad Namestnikov

Ross Colton - Nick Paul - Corey Perry

Pat Maroon - Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - Cole Koepke

Defense Pairings

Victor Hedman - Erik Cernak

Mikhail Sergachev - Nick Perbix

Ian Cole - Philippe Myers

Goaltenders

Brian Elliott

Andrei Vasilevskiy

New York Islanders

Forward Lines

Anthony Beauvillier - Mathew Barzal - Kyle Palmieri

Anders Lee - Brock Nelson - Oliver Wahlstrom

Zach Parise - Jean-Gabriel Pageau - Josh Bailey

Matt Martin- Casey Cizikas - Cal Clutterbuck

Defense Pairings

Alex Romanov - Noah Dobson

Adam Pelech - Ryan Pulock

Robin Salo - Scott Mayfield

Goaltenders

Ilya Sorokin

Semyon Varlamov