12/8: New York at Tampa Bay 7:30pm Fsn

New York Islander Fan Central | 12/08/2007 11:54:00 AM | | |

Tampa Bay Lightning website: Has preview of Saturday night's game. Center Ryan Craig (knee) and defenseman Dan Boyle (wrist) are out. Johan Holmqvist who has never lost to the Islanders will start in goal.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Not much to write here. Holmqvist almost had a shutout his last game, Tampa's had an excellent home stand and the Islanders no matter what they do cannot seem to put enough pucks in the net to win a hockey game. If DiPietro starts his third game in four days after forty save effort last night he will have to be outstanding to keep his club in the game if the recent trends continue. Does Bergeron get a seat in the stands again or does Ted Nolan bench another player?

Islanders need any kind of win here to get something positive going form them. If they lose it will be a very long couple of days before the team plays Buffalo. For those thinking no chance tonight both Tampa and the Islanders have twenty eight points so in terms of standings this game is far from a mismatch. Islanders also have a 4-0 win against Tampa this season.