After securing a 5-4 overtime victory in Game 3, the Lightning have the chance to take the series back home to Tampa Bay with a 3-1 series lead. Puck drop for Game 4 between the Islanders and Lightning is set for 7 p.m. on NBCSN.
Scouting the Lightning
Jonathan Drouin has stepped up in the absence of Tampa Bay’s biggest players, namely Steven Stamkos. Though he has just one goal in the playoffs thus far, his seven assists is tied for best on the team with Nikita Kucherov. Drouin made the great pass that set up the Lightning’s tying goal with half a minute to go in the game, and he did so coming back after a huge hit that took him out of Game 3 for awhile.
Ben Bishop has had some shaky moments in this series, but he’ll be back in net for the Lightning for Game 4.
Scouting the Islanders
Newly returned from an injury, Josh Bailey made an immediate impact in Game 3 for the Islanders, scoring twice in the loss. He’ll likely be watched more closely in the games that follow, but contributions have been coming from everywhere for the Islanders. Last game, it was fourth liner Cal Clutterbuck that put the Islanders ahead until the final moments of the third period.
Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Islanders
7 p.m. ET | Game 4, Eastern Conference Round 2
Barclays Center | New York City, N.Y.
Local: N/A | Nat’l: NBCSN, CBC, TVAS
Live stream at NBC Live Extra and Rogers GameCentre
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