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Tuesday, December 17th (All times Eastern)

Tampa Bay Lightning (19-11-3) at New York Islanders (9-19-6), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Lightning will try to end a three-game road trip on a positive note when they visit the New York Islanders for Tuesday's battle at Nassau Coliseum.

The Lightning have split the first two tilts on this swing, losing 3-0 to New Jersey on Saturday before winning by the same score the following day in Detroit. Sunday's victory halted Tampa Bay's seven-game road losing streak and was just the third win in eight overall games (3-3-2) for the Lightning.

Ben Bishop earned his third shutout of the season on Sunday, making 28 saves to anchor the 3-0 win against the Red Wings. Tampa is 3-0 against Detroit this season and has outscored the Red Wings by a combined 8-3 margin in those meetings.

"We've had some pretty good luck against Detroit so far this year," said Bishop. "They're a good team over there. I thought the guys did a good job eliminating second chances. I was able to see most of the pucks. We did a good job."

Tyler Johnson, J.T. Brown and Alex Killorn all scored in the third period for Tampa Bay, which won away from home for the first time since Nov. 12 at Montreal. The Lightning are 7-8-2 on the road this season.

Tampa has not fared well against the Islanders recently, losing three straight, four of five and seven of the past nine games in this series. The Bolts also have lost five in a row on Long Island since last winning at the Coliseum on Nov. 17, 2010.

The Islanders, however, enter Tuesday's meeting with just one win over their last 13 trips to the ice. New York recently halted a 10-game slide with last Tuesday's shootout win in San Jose, but the Isles have since lost two straight.

New York fell to 1-9-3 over the last 13 games with Saturday's 1-0 overtime loss against visiting Montreal. It was the first home game for the Isles following a 1-4-0 road trip, but they lost to the Canadiens after Max Pacioretty scored 1:51 into the extra session.

During the extra period, David Desharnais tracked down a loose puck for Montreal behind the net and circled to the front. Once he reached the right circle, he dished a pass to a streaking Pacioretty, who tapped the puck past Evgeni Nabokov for the game-winner.

Nabokov allowed one goal on 25 shots in his first game back after suffering a groin injury in a 5-4 shootout win over the Detroit Red Wings on Nov. 16.

"When you come back from a long road trip it is tough. The crowd was terrific, it helped us out -- especially in the first period. Defensively we did a lot of good things, but we struggled offensively," said Islanders coach Jack Capuano.

Saturday's setback marked the fourth time New York has been shut out this season and three of those have come over the last nine games.

12/17 10:52:57 ET

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Schedule

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Philadelphia 4/17 7:00 PM ET
NY Rangers @theRink | TV: TSN, CNBC, CSN-PHI, MSG
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
Chicago 4/17 8:00 PM ET
St. Louis @theRink | TV: NBCSN, CSN-CHI, FSN-MW
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
Minnesota 4/17 9:30 PM ET
Colorado TSN, CNBC, CSN-PHI, MSG
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
Los Angeles 4/17 10:30 PM ET
San Jose NBCSN, CBC, FSN-W
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
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Final
PHI 1
ATL 0
Final
DET 7
CLE 5
Final
MIN 7
TOR 0
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TEX 8
SEA 6
 
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LOS 2
 
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HOU
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