Islanders Cannot Let Lightning Strike on the Island Tonight

The Islanders return home for a 3 game home stand tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning are coming off on a 4-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators last night. The Isles are coming off a 5-4 win over Dallas which may be referred to in the future as the "Moulson Game".

The Lightning have had a struggling season so far. At 11-13-2, the Bolts turn to their leading scorer Steven Stamkos (16 goals, 13 assists), to get them over .500. There is a defenseman the Lightning acquired over the offseason that has been putting points on the board in when he is in the lineup; hold on to your hats here Isles fans, but that player is Bruno Gervais. Gervais has 2 goals, 1 assist in 7 games so far this season for the Bolts and it seems as if he has found his fit in Tampa. 
 
Speaking of former Islanders; Dwayne Roloson will not be starting against his former squad, instead it will be Mathieu Garon. Garon is 5-5 this season with a 2.48 GGA. 
 
If the Islanders look to beat the Lighting tonight, the offense cannot afford to lose their rhythm. The Isles have been putting points on the board, but now they will play a team that has massive offensive talent, so out-scoring the opponent is key. 
 
Al  Montoya is between the pipes for the Islanders. Since DiPietro is injured, Kevin Poulin will be dressed tonight and backing up Montoya. The Islanders are also without Michael Grabner, who injured his groin on Saturday in Dallas. 
 
Should be an exciting matchup! 
 
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