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New York Islanders at Tampa Bay Lightning Predictions & Tips – Tampa To Take Game 1

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Leigh Copson 13 Jun 2021
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New York Islanders at Tampa Bay Lightning Predictions & Tips

Tampa Bay can take an early series lead in this Stanley Cup semi-finals.

The defending champions are looking increasingly capable of winning back-to-back titles.

New York will be no pushover, but the Lightning can edge a tight encounter in Game 1.

  • Tampa Bay Lightning are 8-3 in the postseason so far
  • Tampa Bay Lightning beat #1 seeds Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 in the last round
  • Tampa Bay Lightning are 5-2 in playoff games this season that have produced -5.5 total goals
  • Tampa Bay Lightning ranked #6 in goals allowed in the regular season (147)
  • New York Islanders ranked #2 in goals allowed in the regular season (128)

Head To Head

  • Tampa Bay Lightning lead the all-time series 63-53-3
  • Tampa Bay Lightning lead the all-time playoff series 12-4

New York Islanders Form

New York have dumped out two higher seeded teams to make it to the semi-finals.

Having edged Pittsburgh 4-3 in overtime in Game 1, the series threatened to get away from them with back-to-back losses.

The Islanders stopped the rot with a 4-1 win on Game 4 and then closed out the series with a 3-2 overtime win and 5-3 victory.

That earned them a meeting with a Boston team they met a whole host of times in the regular season.

NY had the edge in the regular season but found themselves in trouble early in the playoffs.

Boston won Games 1 & 3 to take a series lead, but the Islanders’ response was outstanding.

They smashed Boston 4-1 at home, won 5-4 on the road and then clinched with a 6-2 demolition of their rivals.

Michael Dal Colle (undisclosed) and Olivier Wahlstrom (lower body) were both day-to-day on the injury report during that series and remain that way.

Anders Lee (knee) and Johnny Boychuk (eye) are sidelined and will not return.

Tampa Bay Lightning Form

Tampa are the defending champions and have impressively stayed on course to defend the crown.

They made a fast start to the first round with 5-4 and 3-1 wins at Florida, but they then dropped their first game of the series in OT.

The Lightning bounced back with a 6-2 rout and, after failing to clinch on the road, they wrapped up the series with a 4-0 demolition of the Panthers at home.

Tampa repeated their fast start when they lined up against #1 seeds Carolina.

The Lightning recorded back-to-back 2-1 wins at the Hurricanes, but their chances of a sweep were ended by a 3-2 overtime defeat.

That loss merely slowed them down though, with a 6-4 win putting them on the brink of the semi-finals and 2-0 victory in Carolina clinching the series.

There is no change on the injury report heading into this series with Anders Nilsson (concussion) and Marian Gaborik (back) still out.

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New York have impressed to make it this far, but Tampa Bay have been even more impressive.

They were ruthless against Carolina and have shown a knack for winning close games that should see them take Game 1.

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Value Bet: Tampa & -5.5 Moneyline & Total Goals @166.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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