Tampa Bay Lightning vs. NY Islanders Islanders Prediction, Preview, and Odds

The NHL is a copycat league but Lightning’s Jon Cooper is not a copycat coach

The Tampa Bay Times reported that Point, Tampa Bay's No. 1 center, appeared to tweak a hamstring. The Lightning lead the series, 1-0, after winning Game 1, 8-2, on Monday.

From the first goal to the second goal, NY outshot the Lightning 12 shots to three.

They killed the penalty and got to the second intermission with the score tied after Victor Hedman scored off a faceoff with 1:35 left in the first period.

The New York Islanders locked down the sixth seed in the conference after taking down the Florida Panthers in four games in the qualifying round. Tampa Bay killed all four of the Islanders' power-play chances and has an 81.1 percent penalty kill rate during the playoffs. That number went down to nine forwards in the second period when Brayden Point exited the bench.

The Lightning will look to overcome injuries and take Game Three scheduled for September 11. Vasilevskiy is 12-3 during the playoffs with a 1.86 GAA and 93 percent save percentage since the restart.

Carter Verhaeghe and Mitchell Stephens are options for head coach Jon Cooper if the Lightning do indeed need to tap into the reserves up front, or move away from the 11 forward, seven defenseman configuration the team has rolled with to within two wins of a Stanley Cup Final return to account for potential changes.

Brock Nelson and Cal Clutterbuck are both listed as day to day and Derick Brassard is listed as out for this series. NY has converted on 17.3% of power-play opportunities, scoring 29 power-play goals.

Semyon Varlamov started game two of this series and is likely patrolling the blue circle on Friday evening.

Lightning: Averaging 3.4 goals, 6.3 assists, 4.9 penalties and 10.6 penalty minutes while giving up 2.3 goals per game with a.930 save percentage.



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