Game preview: Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Islanders
Lightning at Islanders
When/where: 7; Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, N.Y.
TV/radio: Ch. 44; 620-AM
Injuries: Tampa Bay — G Mike Smith (concussion), D Paul Ranger (shoulder), D Andrej Meszaros (shoulder) and D Marek Malik (ankle) are out; D Richard Petiot (shoulder) is day to day. New York — C Mike Sillinger (hip), G Mike DiPietro (knee) and
RW Trent Hunter (ankle) are out; D Mark Streit (groin) and
RW Kyle Okposo (groin) are day to day.
Key stats: The Islanders are last in the league with 59 points but entered Friday tied for second with 12 short-handed goals. … Tampa Bay has one goal in its past three games on Long Island. … It is 5-9-1 in the second of back-to-back games. … The Islanders have lost 31 games by one goal or one plus an empty-netter.