The New York Islanders are hoping to go on a bit of a streak after Tuesdays’s surprise victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Tonight’s opponents in the Tampa Bay lighting are looking to capture the President’s Trophy while the Islanders are look to take the series from them by a score of two games to one. The Islanders are not technically out of it, but they have a .03 percent chance at making the playoffs - there’s a better chance at somebody getting injured by a toilet, so feel free to cheer for a loss for draft stock purposes.
The Islanders will see some changes at forward where Cal Clutterbuck will come in and Ross Johnston will go out. Johnston saw his relative Fenwick fall even further to -11.6% - the second worst mark on the team for anybody that’s played outside of Steve Bernier. With that being said, people love Johnston and his play doesn’t exactly lead to the statistics which correlate with victory - playing him down the stretch wouldn’t exactly hurt those draft odds.
There won’t be any changes on defense or in net for the Islanders. That means more Dennis Seidenberg which should be awfully fun against the Lighting. Sebastian Aho was sent back down to Bridgeport earlier today and while there are more than a few that are upset over that, Bridgeport still has a shot at the playoffs and really needs all hands on deck.