New York Islander Look For Redemption Against Tampa, Again
The NHL schedulers show off all of their talents tonight as the New York Islanders take on the Tampa Bay Lightning. It’s the third and time these teams play each other in two weeks and the only NHL game on the schedule. Take a bow NHL schedulers.
The New York Islanders just can’t catch a break as the Tampa Bay Lightning stroll back into Brooklyn for the third meeting in 14 days between the two. The Islanders are already down 2-0-0 with a combined score of 10-2 in the head-to-head series against the Lightning this season. So after this, good riddance.
For tonight’s lineup coach Jack Capuano is going defense heavy. As in an extra defender at the cost of a forward as Shane Prince joins Alan Quine in the press box for this one.
In comes Scott Mayfield and Travis Hamonic. The same Travis Hamonic that was just recently sidelined with a broken thumb. And by recently I mean eight days ago.
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The Isles are going to dress seven defensemen and eleven forwards for tonight’s game. Placing great importance on the notion that a good defense is a good offense. That’s a saying right?
It’s not like Prince has played himself off the team. Over the last few game, Prince has stood out on his second line duties alongside Strome and Beauvillier. Maybe there are more goals in the defensive squad than we realize. Or maybe Capuano is so desperate he’ll try to create offense from defense.
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New York Islanders Lineup:
Ladd-Strome-Beauvillier de Haan-Pelech (Mayfield)
Cizikas-Kulemin Halak (Greiss)
Tampa Bay Lightning Lineup:
Boyle-Paquette-Brown Bishop (Vasilevskiy)
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Where to Catch the Game:
Venue: Barclays Center, NYC
Radio: 660AM, 101.9FM WFAN, 88.7FM WRHU