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Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida Attendance: 19,092
Lightning eye fourth straight win against Islanders
New York Islanders at Tampa Bay Lightning
- The Islanders fell to the Canadiens, 4-3, in a shootout at home on Monday, snapping their five-game winning streak, but extending their point streak to seven games. That's tied for their longest streak since a 10-game point streak in 2015.
- Casey Cizikas had a pair of goals in the loss to Montreal, his first two goals since a three-game goal streak from October 8-18. It was his second career multi-goal game -- he had two against Buffalo in October of last season.
- Tampa Bay has won five of its last six against the Isles, scoring at least six goals in three of the six games. New York got a win in its first trip to Tampa last season, by a score of 5-3.
- The Lightning beat the Oilers, 5-2, at home on Tuesday. Their 11-3-1 start is tied for their second-best 15-game start in franchise history, behind last season's 11-2-2 start. It was also their third straight game with at least four goals.
- Nikita Kucherov had two goals and an assist in the win over the Oilers, his fifth multi-point game of the season. He has eight points (4g, 4a) in his last five games, making him one of Tampa Bay's league-leading seven skaters with at least 10 points this year.
- Both of these teams are leading their respective divisions, and enter with two of the best goal differentials in the league -- Tampa Bay's +14 is behind only Nashville (+20) in the NHL, while the Islanders are right behind them at +11, tied with Toronto for third.
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TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning look to continue their winning ways against the resurgent New York Islanders when the teams meet Thursday at Amalie Arena.
The Lightning enter with a three-game winning streak and have won four of the past five games to sit atop the Atlantic Division standings.
The Islanders saw their five-game winning streak end on Monday at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens but remain at the top of the Metropolitan Division standings.
The Lightning have raced to the top of the standings behind deep offensive talent with seven players already in double digits in scoring just 15 games into the season.
"When you get the scoring through the lineup, it's just a confidence builder for the players that are used to scoring and they're feeling good about themselves," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said.
"Everybody's kind of chipping in in the way you need, in the way the team's built. When everyone is feeling good about themselves whether it's the penalty kill guys or whatever, it's just a good recipe and that's what's been happening."
While Brayden Point paces Tampa Bay in scoring with a team-high nine goals and 19 points, Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos have started to find the scoresheet with more consistency lately. The pair combined for three goals and six points in a victory over Edmonton on Tuesday. Stamkos has four goals in his past six games and Kucherov has three multi-point games in his past six since the two were reunited on a line.
"We always just try to create room for each other out there, whether it's trying to two-on-one someone or give-or-go," Stamkos said. "Obviously, we've developed that chemistry, and it was nice to have a couple nice plays tonight and contribute to another win."
The Lightning remain without defenseman Victor Hedman, who returned to practice for the first time on Wednesday in nearly two weeks, and Ondrej Palat, who is expected to miss more time with a lower body injury.
The Islanders are winning games with a commitment to defense under new coach Barry Trotz. New York has allowed two or fewer goals seven times in 14 games.
But New York wants to find more offense, particularly with a power play that sits in the middle of the pack in the league standings but is on a 1-of-10 stretch.
"I think it's still a work in progress and it will be," Trotz told Newsday after Wednesday's practice in Tampa. "Some guys are still struggling with some of the concepts, when to move the puck and when not to. We're going to go the first 20 (games) and then reassess it, personnel-wise, making sure we have the right people in the right spots."
New York will be without winger Matt Martin, who did not make the trip due to an upper body injury. Jordan Eberle, who missed practice on Wednesday, is expected to be available to play.
Updated November 7, 2018