For the first time in over a month on Sunday afternoon, the Tampa Bay Lightning won a game away from home 3-0 over the Detroit Red Wings. With the win, the Lightning eclipsed last year’s road win total of six games and will look to build on the momentum tonight against the New York Islanders. The win on Sunday over Detroit snapped a three-game losing streak overall and a seven-game road losing streak for the Lightning.
As the team prepares to face off with the Islanders, the Lightning will look to reverse their fortunes from previous seasons on Long Island. New York swept the season series last year against the Lightning, and this game will mark the first of three meetings this season. Tampa Bay will look to take advantage of the Islanders’ poor offense that has led them to a 1-6-3 mark in the last ten games and an overall record of 9-19-6, good for last place in the Metropolitan Division.
With the game tonight, the Lightning will wrap up a three-game road trip and will most likely turn once again to goalie Ben Bishop to lead the charge. Bishop is arguably the hottest goalie in the league right now with a record of 3-0-1 in his past four starts and a shutout of the Red Wings on Sunday. Goaltender Anders Lindback would also be an option for the Lightning who have struggled to score goals in his last couple appearances.
For the Lightning to seriously contend for an Atlantic Division playoff spot this season, it will be vital for the team to pick up points in games like tonight against teams that are clearly inferior.