NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, November 20th (All times eastern)
New York Islanders (9-6-2-0) at Tampa Bay Lightning (9-2-2-1), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Islanders, winners in two of the last three, continue their current road trip tonight when they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning at the St. Pete Times Forum.
Since losing two straight, the Isles have sandwiched wins over Montreal and Florida around a loss to Nashville. On Wednesday, playing the second portion of a four-game trek, New York pounded the Panthers, 4-1, at the Office Depot Center.
Trent Hunter scored twice and added an assist to lead the effort, and Mattias Timander and Shawn Bates also tallied. Bates added two assists, and Rick DiPietro turned aside 26 shots in net.
Hunter continued his torrid November, as he has now found the net six times this month. Overall the rookie's eight goals are second on the team to Mariusz Czerkawski's 11.
The Islanders, who won their second road game of the season (2-4-2), will visit Columbus on Saturday.
Tampa Bay, meanwhile, is 2-1-1 in its last four and trails first-place Atlanta by a point in the Southeast Division. Last Friday the Lightning posted a 5-2 victory over woeful Washington up at the MCI Center.
Fredrik Modin scored twice in the first 26 minutes to anchor the win, and Vincent Lecavalier, Cory Stillman and Martin St. Louis tallied as well. John Grahame stopped 20-of-22 shots between the pipes.
The Lightning are a stellar 6-1-1-1 on home ice and will close out a brief stand Saturday against Buffalo.
Tampa and New York split four meetings last season, and the Islanders have won six of the last eight overall. The Isles are 3-5-1 in their last nine trips to the Gulf Coast.
11/20 10:24:34 ET