Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Islanders Game 5 preview

TV: NBC Sports

TIME: 8 p.m.

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New York Islanders (35-23-10, fifth in the Metropolitan Division during the regular season) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (43-21-6, second in the Atlantic Division during the regular season)

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

Tampa Bay leads series 3-1

BOTTOM LINE

The Tampa Bay Lightning look to clinch the Eastern Conference finals over the New York Islanders in game five. The teams meet Tuesday for the eighth time this season. The Lightning won the last meeting 4-1.

The Lightning are 28-12-3 against conference opponents. Tampa Bay leads the Eastern Conference shooting 11.2% and averaging 3.5 goals on 31.1 shots per game.

The Islanders are 11-7-4 against opponents from the Metropolitan Division. New York has converted on 17.3% of power-play opportunities, scoring 29 power-play goals.

TOP PERFORMERS

Brayden Point leads the Lightning with a plus-28 in 66 games this season. Ondrej Palat has eight goals and three assists over the last 10 games for Tampa Bay.

Casey Cizikas leads the Islanders with a plus-12 in 48 games this season. Brock Nelson has six goals and four assists over the last 10 games for New York.

DURING THE PLAYOFFS

Lightning: Averaging 3.3 goals, 6.1 assists, 5.1 penalties and 13.2 penalty minutes while giving up 2.3 goals per game with a .929 save percentage.

Islanders: Averaging 3.2 goals, 5.0 assists, 3.9 penalties and 9.6 penalty minutes while giving up 2.4 goals per game with a .914 save percentage.

INJURIES

Lightning: Steven Stamkos: out (lower body).

Islanders: Casey Cizikas: out for season (undisclosed), Tom Kuhnhackl: out for season (undisclosed).

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