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Two victories in their past three contests take the Tampa Bay Lightning (6th in Atlantic Division) to a home game against the New York Islanders (2nd in Metropolitan), who - on the other hand - have lost two of their previous three…
Isles Get Outclassed in DallasThe New York Islanders (19-7-2) dropped their second contest in the past three fixtures (1-2-0) after starting their current three-date road trip with a 3-1 defeat against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on Saturday. The special teams had a nightmare of a game for the Isles, who went 0-for-2 on penalty kill, failing to score on their only power-play opportunity. The hosts went 2-0 up in the first half before netting another one in the following frame, with Mathew Barzal (12 goals, 25 points) burying New York’s only snipe in the final third. The Islanders are 3-4-1 in their last eight matchups and 7-5-1 on the road so far this season.
Goalie Thomas Greiss made 34 saves in Dallas, taking his current performance status to 10-4-0 with a 2.24 GAA and a .930 save percentage. Taking into account New York’s netminder rotation policy, expect Semyon Varlamov (9-3-2 on the year with a 2.35 GAA and a .923 save percentage) back in the net for the trip to Tampa Bay, with him having recorded a 9-6-2 past tally against the Lightning with a 2.44 GAA and a .920 save percentage. The Islanders, meanwhile, are 12th in least goals scored per game (2.82), 4th in least goals allowed on average (2.43), 18th in power play (18.2%) and 15th in penalty kill (81.6%).
Bolts Net Seven Past San JoseThe current three-game homestand of the Tampa Bay Lightning (14-10-3) went 1-1-0 two outings into the stretch after the team followed up Thursday’s 5-4 defeat to the Minnesota Wild with a 7-1 beat-down of the San Jose Sharks at Amalie Arena on Saturday. Tyler Johnson (7 goals, 14 points this year) and Steven Stamkos (9 goals, 25 points) bagged two markers each, with Alex Killorn (8 goals, 22 points) picking up a strike and three assists. The Bolts have now won two of their last three contests (2-1-0) following a three-game losing run prior (0-2-1). They are 7-5-1 when playing on home ice.
Tonight’s 3 Stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️ pic.twitter.com/tcCooZz8Fe— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) December 8, 2019
Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy turned away 37 shots versus San Jose to go 11-8-1 for the rolling year with a 2.91 GAA and a .907 save percentage. He has registered a 6-4-0 career total against the New York Islanders with a 2.46 GAA and a .929 save percentage. The Lightning, meanwhile, are scoring the absolute highest quantity of goals per game (3.74), while giving up the 9th highest amount in their defensive zone (3.22). They are 2nd best in power play with a 30.0% success rate and 18th in penalty kill with 79.3% efficiency.
Tampa Bay (according to Covers.com)
- Lightning are 20-7 in their last 27 Monday games.
- Lightning are 38-16 in their last 54 home games.
NY Islanders (according to Covers.com)
- Islanders are 1-5 in their last 6 road games.
- Islanders are 1-5 in their last 6 meetings with Lightning in Tampa Bay.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Lightning absolutely exploded offensively in their last outing against San Jose, with the Sharks totally collapsing in the third period. So, you can be sure Tampa Bay will be entering its upcoming fixture with a lot of confidence, which the team needs following a run of four defeats in its past six contests. The Islanders, on the other hand, have lost two travels in a row and have posted just one victory in their past six road outings. Which is an extremely good news for the Bolts, who have already beaten the Isles on 11 of the previous 14 occasions, including five of the last six encounters in Tampa Bay.
Prediction: Tampa Bay Lightning
Full-Game Total Pick
Six of the last seven head-to-head encounters between the Bolts and the Islanders have delivered at least six snipes, averaging no less than eight strikes per fixture. So, another high-scoring extravaganza is definitely not out of the question here! Even more so after the Isles have gone past the set goal-mark in five of their past seven meetings with teams from the Eastern Conference, while eight of the last nine domestic fixtures of the Lightning have ended with quite a substantial amount of goals on the scoresheet.