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New York Islanders vs. Tampa Bay Lightning: Playoffs Game 3 [discussion thread]

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Series tied 1-1, with two games to look forward to at home for the New York Islanders.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have had the better of play for the past four periods, and they'd like to think that means they are slowly taking control.

The Islanders feel they haven't delivered their best effort yet -- they haven't -- and there's plenty more to see at home, where their record has been imposing both at Barclays Center this season and in particular there and at the Coliseum against the Lightning over the last several seasons.

The Isles are expected to have just one lineup change -- a healthy Josh Bailey returns to replace healthy scratch Ryan Strome, while Ryan Pulock remains injured and has his spot occupied by Marek Zidlicky.

The Lightning look to keep the same lineup -- it was 11 forwards and seven defensemen last game -- though there may be changes at the depths of their lineup as injuries steadily heal. They used their sixth and seventh defensemen for about five minutes each in Game 2.

Islanders vs. Lightning Game 3: How to Watch

7 p.m. ET | Barclays Center
TV: NBCSN, CBC, TVAS
Live stream at NBC Live Extra and Rogers GameCentre
Lightning coverage: Raw Charge

Hey look, beautiful projection banners to get you in the mood:

And if you're going to the game and traveling by LIRR, some pertinent updates:

Let's. Go. Isl-an-ders.