Posted October 12, 2011 on AP on Fox
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The Tampa Bay Lightning have seemed to get past the most difficult part of their season-opening five-game road trip, though facing the New York Islanders may pose yet another challenge. After taking three of four meetings last season, New York looks to continue its winning ways against Tampa Bay when the teams face off Thursday night. The Lightning had a breakout season before losing in seven games to Boston in the Eastern Conference finals, while the Islanders struggled through their fourth consecutive last-place finish in the Atlantic Division. The disparity between the teams in the standings, though, played little role in head-to-head meetings. New York took three of four for the third time in four seasons. Tampa Bay (1-1-1) looks to start this season series on the right foot as its grueling opening road trip nears an end. Due to a renovation of the St. Pete Times Forum, the Lightning are forced to play their first five games on the road. They're coming off a stretch of ...
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