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Leigh Copson 24 Jun 2021
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New York Islanders at Tampa Bay Lightning Predictions & Tips


Tampa Bay can win this winner-takes-all clash to seal a place in the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Lightning blew their chance to seal the series as they threw away a two-goal lead on Wednesday.

Tampa are yet to lose back-to-back games in the postseason though, and that trend may continue in Game 7.

  • Tampa Bay Lightning have not lost back-to-back games in the playoffs
  • Tampa Bay Lightning's 11 playoff wins have all come in regulation time
  • Tampa Bay Lightning have covered -1.5 in all 5 of their home wins in the playoffs
  • Tampa Bay Lightning have covered -1.5 in 2 of their 3 wins in this series
  • Tampa Bay Lightning have covered -1.5 in all 5 of their games immediately after a playoff loss

Head To Head


  • Tampa Bay Lightning lead the all-time series 67-55-3
  • Tampa Bay Lightning lead the all-time playoff series 15-6

New York Islanders Form


New York have been racking up the upsets so far in this season’s playoffs, and they are one win away from causing another and making the Stanley Cup Finals.

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

The Islanders then shut down Tampa Bay on their own ice to win 2-1 in Game 1 of this semi-final series, but they were brought back down to Earth by 4-2 and 2-1 defeats.

New York showed their resolved though in Game 4 as they fended off a third-period fightback from the Lightning to win 3-2 and level the series again.

They fell to their heaviest defeat of the season as they were smashed 8-0 in Game 5, and they looked to be heading out of the playoffs when they trailed 2-0 in Game 6.

The Islanders came storming back for force overtime and win 3-2, and that means a win in Game 7 will send them to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Only long-term absentees Anders Lee (knee) and Johnny Boychuk (eye) are sidelined for this matchup.

Tampa Bay Lightning Form


Tampa Bay made pretty straightforward work as they Florida 4-2 and Carolina 4-1 to make it into the semi-finals, but this meeting with New York has been anything but straightforward.

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

They responded well with a 4-2 victory in Game 2 and then got ahead in the series for the first time with a 2-1 victory in Game 3.

Tampa missed out the chance to extend their lead as they lost 3-2 in Game 4, but their response was an emphatic one as they stormed to an 8-0 victory in Game 5 on the home ice.

That gave them the chance to seal the series with a Game 6 victory in New York, and they appeared to be on course when they took a 2-0 lead.

The Lightning squandered that lead in the third period though, and they then conceded an overtime goal to lose 3-2 and set up this winner-takes-all Game 7 clash.

Nikita Kucherov (undisclosed) and Erik Cernak (upper body) are both listed as day-to-day on the injury report at the time of writing.

The pair could feature, but Tampa will be without Anders Nilsson (concussion) and Marian Gaborik (back).

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Verdict

New York have pushed Tampa Bay all of the way in this playoff series, setting up a Game 7.

The Lightning have consistently bounced back from a defeat at the first attempt though, and they could do it here to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Best Bet: Tampa Bay Lightning 60 Minute Match @-105.26 at BetMGM - 2 Units
Value Bet: Tampa Bay -1.5 Spread @165.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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