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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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