4 Facts to Know For Isles-Bolts

The Islanders head south to the Sunshine State to battle with the Lightning at Amalie Arena.

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1 Bottle The Lightning

SAN JOSE, CA – DECEMBER 5: Nikita Kucherov #86 and Steven Stamkos #91 of the Tampa Bay Lightning talk during the game against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on December 5, 2015 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Rocky W. Widner/NHL/Getty Images)

Tampa Bay is off to a thunderous start with a 15-2-2 record. They have two forwards in Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov who have already eclipsed the 30 point mark in only 19 games.

Can the Isles weather the storm?

2 Barzal Watch

Mathew Barzal has been terrific for New York, notching a goal and two assists.

Look for the youngster to distribute and distract against the Bolts.

3 Tavares vs. Hedman

During the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, John Tavares was taken first by New York while Victor Hedman was selected second by Tampa Bay.

While the Isles have found their everyday offensive threat, they are still searching for their lockdown defender, where the Bolts have both in Hedman and Stamkos-Kucherov.

4 First Blood

The Islanders have gotten off to hot starts in many of their tilts this season, helping them to a 10-6-2 record in the Metropolitan Division.

If the Isles can score first, their chances of flushing out a hot Tampa Bay team increases exponentially.