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New York Islanders at Tampa Bay Lightning Predictions & Tips - Tampa To Regain Series Lead

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  • Islanders-Lightning to start 01:00 BST (Tuesday) at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida
  • Pair tied at 2-2 after Game 4
  • Tampa tipped to regain series lead
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Leigh Copson 21 Jun 2021
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New York Islanders at Tampa Bay Lightning Predictions & Tips


Tampa Bay can regain the series lead on the home ice.

The Lightning are yet to lose back-to-back games in the postseason and their responses to losses have been strong.

We could see more of the same here Tampa get back on top in Game 5.

  • Tampa Bay Lightning have not lost back-to-back games in the playoffs this season
  • Tampa Bay Lightning are 10-5 in the postseason so far
  • Tampa Bay Lightning’s 10 playoff wins so far have all come in regulation
  • 9 of Tampa Bay Lightning’s 11 playoff games have produced -5.5 total goals
  • 3 of the 4 games in this series 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 66-54-3
  • Tampa Bay Lightning lead the all-time playoff series 14-5

New York Islanders Form


New York have been racking up the upsets so far in this season’s playoffs, dumping out Pittsburgh and Boston to make it to the semi-finals.

They bounced back from 2-1 down to win three straight games and oust the Penguins, and then did the exact same thing to see off the Bruins.

The upsets did not end there though, as the Islanders shut down Tampa Bay on their own ice to win Game 1 of this semi-finals, 2-1, in Florida.

Their joy was short-lived as they were beaten 4-2 on the road in Game 2 and then lost 2-1 in their first home game of the series.

They are not going down without a fight though – they are back on level terms after fending off a third-period fightback to win Game 4, 3-2.

New York have no new injury concerns at this time, with only long-term absentees Anders Lee (knee) and Johnny Boychuk (eye) sidelined.

Tampa Bay Lightning Form


Tampa Bay never trailed as they beat Florida 4-2 in round one and Carolina 4-1 in round two, but they found themselves in that spot after Game 1 of this semi-final series.

The Lightning produced and uncharacteristically sloppy performance at times as they fell to a surprise 2-1 loss on the home ice.

They responded well in Game 2 though, taking a 4-1 lead into the final few minutes of the game before New York added what was nothing more than a late consolation goal to make it 4-2.

They then got ahead in the series for the first time with a 2-1 victory in Game 3, but they missed out the chance to extend their lead over the weekend.

The Lightning went three goals down in the second period of Game 4, and despite a third period fightback they came up short in a 3-2 defeat.

Tampa Bay will once again be without Anders Nilsson (concussion) and Marian Gaborik (back).

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Verdict

New York are making life difficult for Tampa Bay, but the Lightning are yet to lose back-to-back games in the postseason.

They have tended to respond to losses with strong performances too, so we could see a Tampa win here.

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