Tampa Bay Lightning (12-4-2) at New York Islanders (11-6-0)
|Date & Time||Tuesday November 18, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: New York Islanders / Tampa Bay Lightning --- Over/Under:
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The Lightning look to make it a sweep of New York on Tuesday night less than 24 hours after pasting the Rangers at MSG as they head to Long Island to face the Islanders.
The Bolts reassured the league that they aren't messing around this season as they skated away from Madison Square Garden with one of their most impressive results to date as they waxed the defending Eastern Conference champions by a 5-1 final. Ryan Callahan returned to New York and Marty St. Louis faced off against his former club which you would have thought had been a catalyst for both teams but it was the visitors who came to play and while St. Louis netted the only Rangers goal it wasn't nearly enough for the win. Tampa will look to make it two wins in as many nights and leapfrog the Canadiens for top spot in the division but playing against an Islanders team returning home from a road trip that was very successful could be a tough spot for them especially if they go with Evgeni Nabokov.
The Islanders return home after a lengthy road trip and they'll look to get back in the win column with a nice effort against the Lightning while making a statement that they too are ready to make some noise in the Eastern Conference this season. New York is off to am impressive 11-6 record and are in second place in the Metro division and while some say it is just a nice start and that they'll return to form they haven't been watching nearly enough as this is a solid team with a lot of talent up front, an underrated blue line, and a goalie in Halak who is looking to prove he still belongs as a number one in this league which makes for a pretty nice recipe. The line on this game will likely shift depending on who starts in goal for Tampa but my bet is that it is Nabokov and while he is one of the best backups in hockey I really like this spot for the Isles as they get a team coming off a huge win in a context that was perfect for them and now I foresee a bit of a let down against a good Islanders side.