New York Islanders at Tampa Bay Lightning - 6/25/21 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Tampa Bay Lightning (47-20-6) vs New York Islanders (43-23-8)
Game Info: Friday, June 25, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Amalie Arena)
Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Lightning -170 / New York Islanders +153 --- Over/Under: 5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Tampa Bay Lightning will host the New York Islanders for the finale of their Semifinals series in the NHL Playoffs. The Islanders won the last game 3-2 to force a game 7.
New York was able to dig themselves out of a 2-0 hole in the second period, rallying back to win the game in overtime. Three different Islanders scored in the game, with Mathew Barzal notching two assists. He leads the team with 14 postseason points. Anthony Beauvillier scored the game-winner in OT, his 5th goal of the playoffs. Semyon Varlamov got the start in net for the Islanders, stopping 22 of 24 shots in the win. In 13 playoff appearances he has allowed 2.68 goals per game with a .919 save percentage. The Islanders are averaging 3 goals per game this postseason, while allowing 2.89 to their opponents. They have struggled on the penalty kill, ranking 14th at 65.1%.
Tampa Bay surrendered an early lead in game 6, failing to close out the series on the road. Offensively Brayden Point remained red-hot with his NHL-leading 14th playoff goal in the first. He also assisted on Anthony Cirelli’s goal in the 2nd. Despite having one of the league’s best Power Play units coming into the game, they were 0-3 on the night. Andrei Vasilevskiy was in goal as he has been for all 17 games this postseason for Tampa Bay; he allowed 3 goals on 28 shots. The Lightning are averaging 3.35 goals per game in the playoffs, while giving up 2.18 to the opposition. They have been much better offensively at home, leading the NHL with 4.5 goals per game this postseason.
New York is 16-17-4 on the road this season, 43-31 ATS, and the under is 38-30.
Tampa Bay is 26-8-2 at home this season, 33-40 ATS, and the under is 35-33.
The Islanders were able to ride the momentum at home to steal game 6 but will have no such luck in this game. Not only have the Lightning been dominant at home, but they have also not lost consecutive games in the playoffs. The same was true for the entirety of their 2020 Championship run. Give me Tampa Bay to bounce back and close things out at home.