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New York Islanders at Tampa Bay Lightning 6/25/21 - NHL Picks & Predictions

Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Islanders Odds & Info

Game Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Islanders
Date & Time Friday June 25, 2021, 8:00 PM (EDT)
Amalie Arena Tampa, FL
Latest odds
TB -155 ; O/U 5
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The New York Islanders visit the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday for the seventh and deciding game of their NHL semifinals best-of-seven series. The Islanders tied the series at 3-3 with a 3-2 victory in overtime on Wednesday in Game 6, Anthony Beauvillier scored in the extra period to give the Islanders the victory. New York had trailed by a score of 2-0 in the second period but scored the game's final three goals.

Brock Nelson and Kyle Palmieri are the leading goal scorers for New York during the postseason with seven apiece. Jean-Gabriel Pageau is the leader in assists with 10, while Josh Bailey is the overall points leader with 13. Scott Mayfield has a team-high 11 plus/minus. In goal, Semyon Varlamov is 6-6-0 with a goals-against average of 2.74 and save percentage of .919.

Tampa Bay must put the disappointing loss in Game 6 behind them or risk being eliminated in the series’ final game on Friday. Brayden Point and Anthony Cirelli scored in the loss for Tampa Bay. The Lightning also may have lost Nikita Kucherov, who was injured and his first shift of Wednesday's Game 6 and did not return. Kucherov was cross-checked by Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield but a penalty was not called on the play.

Brayden Point is leading Tampa Bay in goals scored in the postseason with 13, while the leader in assists is Nikita Kucherov with 22. The right wing is also the leader in overall points with 27. Ryan McDonagh has a team high 12 plus/minus. In goal, Andrei Vasilevskiy is 11-5-0 with a 2.05 goals against average, .936 save percentage and three shutouts.

Recent Betting Trends

  • New York is 9-3 in the last 12 played on one day’s rest
  • The OVER has cashed in 5 of the Islanders last 6 on the road
  • Tampa Bay is 47-19 in its last 66 at home
  • The OVER has cashed in 7 of the Lightning’s last 10 at home

Free NHL Pick:

Tampa Bay Lightning -155

Tampa Bay will have an added incentive to win Game 7 after Nikita Kucherov was injured in Game 6. Tampa Bay has one of the NHL's best goalies in Andrei Vasilevskiy, who during the postseason is allowing an average of only 2.05 goals per game and has posted three shutouts. Tampa Bay has won 10 of the last 14 versus New York played on its home ice and the Lightning have won 19 of the last 28 overall against the Islanders. Final Score Prediction, Tampa Bay Lightning wins 4-1.

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