New York Islanders Battle Shorthanded Lightning At Barclays

The New York Islanders’ playoff push continues against a Lightning team without it’s superstar center.

  • New York Islanders (42-26-9)
  • Tampa Bay Lightening (45-28-5)
  • NHL, Today, 7:00 PM on TVA/MSG+
  • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

There’s no Steven Stamkos for the New York Islanders to worry about tonight.

Stamkos leads his team with 36 goals, and is tied for the lead in points with 64. He played a major role in Tampa Bay’s 7-4 thrashing of New York 10 days ago, but is done for the regular season after learning of a blood clot in his arm.


The seven goals scored were a season-high allowed by the Isles.

With three games left for the Islanders, who sit two points behind the Rangers with a game in hand for 3rd place in the Metro Division, this game proves to be about as important as it looks.

In fact, it’s important for both clubs, because the Lightning are just two points behind the Florida Panthers for first place in the Atlantic Division.

Isles Head Coach Jack Capuano revealed a refreshing sense of urgency from his normally stoic behavior for his team to lock in a playoff spot.

He ripped into the offensive threesome of Brock Nelson, Ryan Strome, and Josh Bailey due to a lack of effort:

“[They] need to pick their s**t up and start playing”

You don’t say, Coach. In 76 games played for Nelson and Bailey, they totaled 38 and 32 points, respectively. For Strome, in 66 games played, just 26 points.

The magic number for the Isles is just four.

Meaning, this team is simply two wins away from securing a playoff birth in their first season playing in Brooklyn.

https://twitter.com/ConIsles/status/716991901069615104

NEXT: Islanders Magic Number Down To Four

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Jeremy Fialkow was born and raised in Miami, FLA, but currently studies at the University of Maryland. When he's not studying hard, he can be found supporting his sometimes hopeless NY teams: Knicks, Mets, Jets, and Isles. Your sympathy is appreciated.