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Playoff Gameday: Islanders Lineup, Matchups and Notes for Game 6 vs. Tampa Bay

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Islanders lines, Islanders lineup and other notes for Game 1

It’s another do or die game for the New York Islanders tonight as they look to stave off elimination and for a Game 7 against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Puck drop tonight is scheduled for 8 p.m.

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As has become the norm during the playoffs, not much is known about the Islanders lineup for Game 6. Trotz said that the Islanders should have a full complement of players to go against Tampa Bay.

“The normal bumps and bruises,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz said. “We’ve got a couple of question marks. As of right now we won’t know anything until warmups.”

The Islanders opted to play 11 forwards and seven defensemen on Tuesday in their double-overtime Game 5 win. Trotz mixed and matched lines during the win and it could be something the Islanders do again in Game 6, especially without Casey Cizikas in the lineup.

Mark Recchi: ‘I Knew Johnny Boychuk Would Come Through For Islanders’

“It’s kind of changed the dynamic of our lineup a little bit,” Matt Martin said about the Islanders lineup. “I didn’t mind it at all. (Johnny Boychuk) coming in brought some energy and grit on the back end. … It’s just whatever it takes right now this time of the year.”

The status of Tampa Bay star Brayden Point is still unknown. Head coach Jon Cooper said that Point was a game-time decision.

The Islanders have won both games that Point has not been in the lineup.

“There’s a difference between injured and being hurt,” Cooper said while talking generally and not about Point specifically. “There’s a difference between when you’re fighting through pain on an injury that can’t get any worse. Or you’re fighting through something that if you do one wrong thing this could linger on longer and longer. … Those are what you have to manage.”

Islanders Lineup (Projected)

Anders Lee — Mathew Barzal – Cal Clutterbuck

Anthony Beauvillier — Brock Nelson — Josh Bailey

Matt Martin — Jean-Gabriel Pageau — Jordan Eberle

Leo Komarov — Derick Brassard

Adam Pelech — Ryan Pulock

Devon Toews — Scott Mayfield

Nick Leddy — Andy Greene

Johnny Boychuk

Semyon Varlamov

Thomas Greiss

Lightning Lineup (Projected)

Ondrej Palat — Anthony Cirelli — Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn — Yanni Gourde — Blake Coleman

Barclay Goodrow — Cedric Paquette — Tyler Johnson

Pat Maroon — Carter Verhaeghe

Victor Hedman — Kevin Shattenkirk

Ryan McDonagh — Zach Bogosian

Mikhail Sergachev — Erik Cernak

Luke Schenn

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Curtis McElhinney

Game Notes

The New York Islanders are 28-21 all-time when facing elimination, which includes a 2-0 record this year. New York also holds a 3-8 record when trailing a series 3-2. … The Islanders recorded 75 total hits in Game 5. That is the most in a single game by any team this year during the playoffs. Of the 75, Cal Clutterbuck had 10 in the double-overtime win. … Tuesday’s game was the fifth-longest game in New York Islanders history. … Victor Hedman scored his eighth goal of the playoffs on Tuesday and became the seventh different defenseman in NHL history to score eight or more goals in the playoffs. … Tampa Bay is 4-2 all-time when leading a series 3-2. … Tampa has been a perfect 4-0 this postseason in games following a loss.

How to Watch

The game will air on NBCSN in the United States and CBC, Sportsnet and TVA in Canada. On the radio dial, the game will air on 98.7 FM ESPN New York, 88.7 FM WRHU and 103.9 FM LI News Radio.

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Anders Lee Looks Back While Waiting for What’s Ahead with Islanders

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While the hockey world looks forward and waits to find out when or even if the 2020-21 season will start, New York Islanders captain Anders Lee took a moment to look back and reflect.

Lee and the Islanders are now just over a month removed from their season-ending loss in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals to Tampa Bay. It had been the deepest the Islanders had gone in the playoffs since 1993 and the run shocked much of the hockey world.

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What Could Home Games Look Like for the New York Islanders Next Season?

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There are a lot of questions about the 2020-21 NHL season.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed at the draft that the league was looking at a Jan. 1 start date. Outside of that, not much is known about their plan. The NHL has said in the past that they’d like to play a full 82 game schedule, but even that remains a question.

And for owners, the question of whether fans will be allowed in the building when games do start remains a major concern. The NHL, unlike NBA or NFL, is a gate driven league and relies heavily on paying customers filling the seats at arenas.

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Free Agency: Martin, Greene Likely to Return to Islanders for Next Season

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It seems all but certain that Andy Greene is returning to the New York Islanders, and the same goes for Matt Martin.

The Islanders continue to sit in a holding pattern as they look to free up cap space via trades, but things seem to be pointing to a return for the two NHL veterans. General manager Lou Lamoriello called the return of Greene “a very strong option” during a Zoom conference call on Monday night and multiple reports indicated that the Islanders and Martin are working on a deal.

Greene’s return makes even more sense following the trade of Devon Toews to Colorado on Monday. Greene has worked with Noah Dobson, who will take Toews’ place on the blue line, in the past and proved extremely valuable during the postseason.

The soon to be 38-year-old — Greene’s birthday is on Oct. 30 — could be looking at a one-year deal from the Islanders to provide that veteran presence on the blue line. Greene had four points (two goals, two assists) in 21 playoff games with the Islanders.

Martin also had an impressive postseason of his own with five goals in 21 games, which matched his regular-season total. The fan-favorite has been a mainstay on the fourth line alongside Cal Clutterbuck and Casey Cizikas.

Martin’s deal with the Islanders, or anyone else for that matter should it get to that point, would be far less than the four-year, $10 million deal he signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2016. That carried a $2.5 million AAV and that is much higher than what the Islanders can afford at the moment.

Devon Toews Traded to Colorado for Second Round Picks

The decision to move Toews on Monday came out of necessity so that the Islanders could get back some pieces to sweeten any potential trades that would move some of their pricier contracts and free up some more salary cap room. The Islanders have been working with just $8.9 million in cap space.

The Islanders still need to re-sign restricted free agents Mat Barzal and Ryan Pulock and trading away the likes of Johnny Boychuk or another hefty contract would help make that task simpler.

The Fourth Period reported that the Islanders have been shopping Boychuk around. Boychuk has two years left on a deal that carries an AAV of $6 million and a list if eight teams he can be traded to. Leo Komarov is also reportedly being shopped by the Islanders.

Komarov also has two years left on his contract, which has a $3 million AAV and a seven-team no-trade list.

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