IT'S GAMEDAY! Islanders @ Tampa: Isles Look to Grab 4th Straight Win
The Islanders travel to Tampa to take on the Lightning tonight after a stretch of five days without a game. In their last bout, the Isles defeated the Bolts by the score of 5-1. A game which triggered John Tavares’ recent scoring outburst, putting up two goals and two assists in that victory.
Coach Jack Capuano announced yesterday that he would be bringing all three goaltenders on the road trip. Considering Rick DiPietro is recovering from a concussion, this is a good sign that he will be returning soon. As for the other two goaltenders, Coach Capuano has yet to announce who will be in goal tonight.
He could start Al Montoya and his glistening goals against average of 1.35, or he could start Evgeni Nabokov, who played exceptionally well on Saturday against the Rangers.
Blake Comeau also returns to the ice tonight as well after being mysteriously bench against the Rangers. Capuano has been question on why he decided to bench the forward, but he has not commented.
As for the Tampa Bay Lightning, former Isles defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron looks to extend his four game point streak tonight. Lightning defenseman Mattias Ohlund was recently placed on the injured reserve to have surgery on both his knees, a truly tough break for the veteran defender.
The Islanders with their record of 3-1-0 and the Lightning, with their record of 1-2-2, clash tonight at 7:30pm from the St. Pete Times forum in Tampa Bay. Be sure to look out for Brian Bock’s postgame article!
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