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Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Islanders Predictions & Tips - Lightning To Clinch On The Road

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  • Lightning-Islanders to start 01:00 BST (Thursday) at Nassua Coliseum in Uniondale, NY
  • Tampa lead series 3-2 after crushing NY 8-0 in Game 5
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Leigh Copson 22 Jun 2021
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Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Islanders Predictions & Tips


Tampa can clinch a place in the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday night.

New York were a tough test through four games, but the Lightning’s 8-0 win in Game 5 may have broken their resolve.

The Lightning may not run riot again, but they are strong on the road and could get the job done in Uniondale.

  • Tampa Bay Lightning won 8-0 in Game 5
  • Tampa Bay Lightning are 6-2 on the road in this season’s playoffs
  • 7 of Tampa Bay Lightning’s 8 away games have produced -5.5 total goals
  • 5 of Tampa Bay Lightning’s 6 away wins have produced -5.5 total goals
  • All 11 of Tampa Bay Lightning's playoff wins have been in regulation

Head To Head


  • Tampa Bay Lightning lead the all-time series 67-54-3
  • Tampa Bay Lightning lead the all-time playoff series 15-5

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 as they drooped Game 4, 3-2.

Their response was emphatic though – Tampa Bay romped to an shut-out victory in Game 5 and that means they have the chance to clinch the series here.

They will have to do it without long-term casualties, Anders Nilsson (concussion) and Marian Gaborik (back).

New York Islanders Form


New York have been racking up the upsets so far in this season’s playoffs, and they will need back-to-back upsets to make 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.

However, they are now in serious trouble after being smashed 8-0 in the fifth game of the series.

The Islanders must now win the remaining two games to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals and the good news is there are no new injury worries going into Game 6.

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

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Verdict

New York have proven to be no pushovers, but Tampa Bay lit them up in Game 5.

The Lightning have been excellent on the road in the playoffs, so they could now follow up that 8-0 rout with a series-clinching win.

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Value Bet: Tampa Bay & -5.5 Moneyline & Total Goals @181.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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