Game #6 Preview

Islanders vs. Lightning

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Game #6 Preview

What’s Happening: Game #6 between the Lightning and Islanders is tonight at 8 p.m. EST. Here’s what you need to know…

Big Minutes: The Islanders continue to rely heavily on certain players to get the job done. In Game #5, five players logged over 30 minutes: Mathew Barzal (31:28), Josh Bailey (31:11) and Brock Nelson (30:46) and defensemen Adam Pelech (31:59) and Nick Leddy (31:00). 

Veteran Johnny Boychuk provided a spark for the Islanders in Game #5, returning to the lineup for the first time in over a month. The Isles dressed 11 forwards and seven defensemen and are expected to do so again tonight.

Bumps and Bruises: The Lightning enter Game #6 with some bumps and bruises. Brayden Point, who has sat out the last two games, is questionable, and Nikita Kucherov, Ondrej Palat and Mikhail Sergachev all sustained minor injuries in Game #5.

Pick Em: We’ve got the Islanders forcing a Game #7 — we expect a big night from Barzal and Bailey up front.

The Bigger Picture: The Dallas Stars are patiently waiting for the winner of the Lightning/Islanders series. If Dallas wins the Stanley Cup, Rick Bowness will be the third interim head coach in the last three years to win (Mike Sullivan, Penguins 2016; Craig Berube, Blues 2019). The Stars front office says he’s “earned the right to come back next year.”

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