It’s the final game of this intense series between the New York Islanders and the Tampa Bay Lightning. It’s been going back and forth, with the Islanders looking to make it back to the Finals since 1984, which was their fifth consecutive appearance and their first finals loss. After that, they haven’t made it back. And they’ve won the cup before. In fact they won four consecutive Stanley Cups between 1979 to 1983. It’s been almost 30 years since their last appearance.
In the case of the Tampa Bay Lightning, they’re coming off last year’s Stanley Cup win, looking to make it two in a row. Before last year, they had won the title back in 2004 and now with a chance to make to twice in a row, they definitely want to be part of history and become one of those few teams to win the title in that fashion
Can the Islanders return to the Stanley Cup Finals after so long? Or will the Lightning get the win at home and cash in their ticket to the big game?? Let’s dive into the latest expert preview for the Golden Knights vs. Canadiens, along with the latest NHL odds, betting trends and predictions. Be sure to be on the lookout for updated NHL odds and lines out our online Bitcoin sportsbook before placing your bets!
Islanders vs. Lightning Game 7 Information
- When: Friday, June 25th, 2021, 8:00 PM ET
- Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida
- TV: NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS
- Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM (Islanders) // AM 970 WFLA (Lightning)
- Live Stream: NHL Live
- NHL Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Lightning (-167) / OU: 5.0
Why Bet on the New York Islanders?
It has been quite a ride to see the Isles make it so far, after being placed in the backburner since the start. But they have slowly picked up the pace and are now one game away to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals. Their performance in Game 6 had them losing by two goals at the beginning, but were able to get back on track, extend the game into overtime and get the win.
After being hit with two goals, Goalie Seymon Varlamov was able stop the Bolts through the rest of the game, ending the night with 22 saves. As for the teams performance, they are scoring 3.00 goals per game on average, while averaging 2.589 goals scored against in return. Their power play’s effectiveness rate stands at 20.8% and their penalty kill currently rates 65.1! effectiveness.
Why Bet on the Tampa Bay Lightning?
The fact of Nikita Kucherov probably not being able to play in tonight’s game changes a lot for the Bolts. And the absence is noticeable, as their stats vary a bit, but it’s on the ice where you can see the difference. Their power has been what’s saved them during the postseason, though not very dominant, it made much of a difference within those previous series.
As for their statistics, right now they are averaging 3.35 goals scored per game, with 2.18 goals scored against. Their power play is rating at 37.7% effectiveness, while their penalty kill stands at 82.7% The Lightning have the tools to bring down the Isles tonight, but they need to figure out a plan without Kucherov.
Islanders vs. Lightning Betting Trends
- The Islanders are 10-5 SU in their last 15 games.
- The Islanders are 6-3 SU in their last 9 games this season.
- The totals went over in 5 of NY Islanders’ last 6 games on the road.
- The Lightning are 8-4 SU in their last 12 games.
- The Lightning are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games at home.
- The totals went over in 8 of Tampa Bay’s last 9 games played on a Friday.
Islanders vs. Lightning Expert Betting Predictions
This has been a roller coaster of emotions. Facing the defending champion must have it’s pressure, but nothing impossible, as the Islanders have shown. And it’s usually at the very end where we see them blast out an amazing game. But don’t expect the Lightning to be soft, because they want to get those two in a row. The final ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals will be punched tonight! Who will face the Montreal Canadiens?
*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.