Nassau Coliseum -- Uniondale, NY
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The Islanders will look to put a 5-2 loss to Tampa Bay behind them on Tuesday night, when they complete the second half of a home-and-home with the Lightning.
Jaroslav Halak will be in net for the Islanders after getting the night off on Saturday. He made 35 saves in his previous start on Friday night against the Florida Panthers. Cal Clutterbuck will return to the lineup on Tuesday night. Cory Conacher will sit out to make room for Clutterbuck.
The Islanders defense will be the same as the previous game against the Lightning.
New York will try to avoid a repeat performance of their game in the sunshine state just three nights ago. Islander Coach Jack Capuano doesn't foresee too much tweaking to how either team plays, but feels that the Islanders' special teams needs to be better.
"We have to make sure we stay discipline against this hockey club," Capuano said. "With [Steven Stamkos] and [Jason Garrison] on the backend. Callahan has net presence and [Tyler] Johnson they have some skill upfront. There are some things you pick up, but to get yourself out of those situations you want to try and stay discipline."
The Islanders will face a familiar foe in Evgeni Nabokov on Tuesday night. Nabokov played three seasons with the Islanders before signing with the Lightning in the offseason.
Several of the players caught up with Nabokov when the Islanders were in Tampa and are looking forward to playing against him.
"It's exciting," Josh Bailey said after the morning skate. "I think he's a terrific guy, great family. I think the time he was here we all became really close with him and great veteran guy for our team for a number years. It was nice to see him there on Saturday and catch up with him, and see how everything is going. It's funny when these things happen. It doesn't change anything on the ice.
"I'm going to go out there -- just like everyone in here -- and you're going to be trying to put as many pucks by him as you can. He's going to be trying to stop us as much as he can."