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Eastern Conference Final Game 6: Lines, gamethread and how to watch

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EDMONTON, ALBERTA - SEPTEMBER 15: Barclay Goodrow #19 of the Tampa Bay Lightning stretches in warm-ups prior to Game Five of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Islanders during the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place on September 15, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

A win tonight for the Tampa Bay Lightning means they’ll be facing off against Joe Pavelski’s Dallas Stars in the 2020 Stanley Cup Final. But Barry Trotz’ New York Islanders aren’t down for the count quite yet. The team forced tonight’s Game 6 with a 2-1 win in double overtime on Tuesday. Injuries to key players for Tampa have kept the Islanders in the series so far.

Here’s what our sister sites have to say about tonight’s game:

From SB Nation’s Raw Charge:

While Brayden Point’s absence was definitely not the reason the Lightning lost Game 5, it is concerning that the team’s two losses in this series have come without him in the lineup. The Islanders have found ways to tighten up defensively and stymie the Lightning since the series began. Tampa Bay is going to have to dig a lot deeper to find other ways to score — and it has to come from players like Anthony Cirelli, promoted to the top line in Point’s absence, Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn.

From SB Nation’s Lighthouse Hockey:

The Islanders are a team that can function in a very machine-like way — when they have their full lineup. So it’s hard for me to envision how many times they can survive without Casey Cizikas and the lineup (and PK) hole his injury represents: whether going with 11 forwards in a three-centers-plus situation, or moving someone else to center, it seems the dam will break at some point.

But it didn’t break in Game 5 and I hope it doesn’t tonight.

Lines

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (via NHL.com)

Ondrej PalatAnthony CirelliNikita Kucherov
Alex KillornYanni GourdeBlake Coleman
Barclay GoodrowCedric Paquette — Tyler Johnson
Pat MaroonCarter Verhaeghe

Victor HedmanKevin Shattenkirk
Ryan McDonaghZach Bogosian
Mikhail SergachevErik Cernak
Luke Schenn

Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney

Expected Scratches: Mathieu Joseph, Mitchell Stephens, Alexander Volkov, Braydon Coburn, Scott Wedgewood

Unfit to Play: Brayden Point, Jan Rutta, Steven Stamkos

NEW YORK ISLANDERS (via NHL.com)

Anders LeeMathew Barzal - Cal Clutterbuck
Anthony BeauvillierBrock NelsonJosh Bailey
Matt Martin — Jean-Gabriel Pageau — Jordan Eberle
Leo KomarovDerick Brassard

Adam PelechRyan Pulock
Devon ToewsScott Mayfield
Nick LeddyAndy Greene
Johnny Boychuk

Semyon Varlamov
Thomas Greiss

Expected Scratches: Michael Dal Colle, Ross Johnston, Otto Koivula, Andrew Ladd, Sebastian Aho, Noah Dobson, Thomas Hickey, Christopher Gibson

Unfit to Play: Casey Cizikas, Tom Kuhnhackl

How to Watch

Puck Drop: 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET

Location: Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB

Broadcast/Streaming: NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS, FuboTV