Don’t miss out on the NHL showdown between the Lightning and Islanders. The game is starting at 2:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Islanders at UBS Arena in Elmont, NY. Get ready to place your bets! The odds for this Eastern conference game currently have the Islanders as the -1.5 goal favorite with the over/under line sitting at 6.5 goals.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING VS NEW YORK ISLANDERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: New York Islanders -1.5

This game will be played at UBS Arena at 2:00 ET on Saturday, February 24th.

WHY BET THE NEW YORK ISLANDERS:

  • Despite being 1.5 goal underdogs, we predict the Lightning to come out on top with a final score of 4-3.
  • We like the Lightning on the moneyline (-112)
  • The Lightning are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Can the Lightning Lock in a Road Win?

Heading into tonight’s game, the Lightning have lost three straight games and are just 5-5 in their last ten games. On the season, Tampa Bay is 30-23-5 and in eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

When playing on the road this season, the Lightning have gone 12-15-2, and they have lost two straight games as the underdog. For the year, Tampa Bay has been the favorite in 33 of their 58 games and have gone 21-11-1 as the favorite.

On the road, Tampa Bay has gone 5-5 against the puck line in their last ten games and 12-17 for the season. Overall, the Lightning have 21 losses by multiple goals, and their average scoring margin on the road is -.7 goals per game.

So far, Tampa Bay has been the underdog in 25 games and has gone 14-11 vs. the puck line as the underdog. In their last three games, the Lightning have failed to cover the puck line, and their puck line record for the season is 29-29.

The average goal total for Tampa Bay’s games is sitting at 6.8. The average over/under line for the season is 6.5. The Lightning come in with an over/under record of 27-27-4.

Tampa Bay has played well in their previous three road games, going 2-1 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 3. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 2-1.

The Lightning come into the game scoring an average of 3.4 goals per game, putting them 5th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 18th in the league. This season, the Lightning are 19-12 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 11-9 record.

Tampa Bay’s leading scorer is Nikita Kucherov. So far, he has 36 goals which is 4th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Kucherov has 59 assists this season.

In terms of defense, the Islanders head into the game ranked 2nd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 34.1 shots per game against New York. So far, they are 14th in shutouts, achieving 4 shutouts.

Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy comes into the game having made 33 starts this season. So far, his record is 19-14 and he has a save percentage of 0.785%.

Will the Islanders Secure A Victory as Home Favorites?

At home this season, the Islanders have gone 13-7-9, and they are 12-10-5 when favored. In the Eastern Conference, New York is 16-16, and they are 11th in the conference standings. Overall, the Islanders have a record of 23-19-14, and they have gone 8-9 against divisional opponents.

Over their last ten games, New York is just 3-7, and they have gone 1-4 over their last five games. In their last three games, the Islanders have gone 1-2.

As the favorite, the Islanders have a puck line record of 6-21, and their average scoring margin when favored is -.2 goals per game. So far, they have 15 road losses by more than one goal, and their overall puck line record is 27-29.

Overall, the team’s average scoring margin is -.5 goals per game, and they have 16 losses by more than one goal. In their last ten home games, the Islanders have gone 5-5 against the puck line.

For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring New York is 6.4. The season’s average over/under line is currently at 6. The Islanders come in with an over/under record of 31-22-3.

When looking at their past three road matchups, Tampa Bay has an puck line record of 2-1 while averaging 3 per game. The team went 2-1 overall in these games.

On offense, the Islanders are averaging 2.9 goals per game which is 24th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 20th in the league. In terms of the Islanders’ offense during power plays, they are 19th in power play goals and 7th in shorthanded goals.

New York’s leading scorer is Brock Nelson. So far, he has 24 goals which is 28th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 21 assists so far.

In terms of defense, the Islanders head into the game ranked 2nd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 34.1 shots per game against New York. So far, they are 14th in shutouts, achieving 4 shutouts.

Goalie Ilya Sorokin comes into the game having made 39 starts this season. So far, his record is 17-12 and he has a save percentage of 1.0%.