It can all end tonight in New York. Coming off Game 5, the Tampa Bay Lightning gave the New York Islanders a hell of a beating, finishing it off 8-0. That is quite the letdown, considering how the Isles have managed themselves through the playoffs. Now Game 6 is headed back to upstate New York, with a lot of pressure on the home team to stay alive.
Can the Lightning make it to the Stanley Cup Finals for a second year in a row? Or will the Islanders extend the series to Game 7? Let’s dive into the latest expert preview for the Lightning vs. Islanders, 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!
Lightning vs. Islanders Game 6 Information
- When: Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021, 8:00 PM ET
- Where: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York
- TV: NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS
- Radio: WFLA 970 AM (Lightning) // WRHU-88.7 FM (Islanders)
- Live Stream: NHL Live
- NHL Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Lightning (-149) / OU: 5.0
Why Bet on the Tampa Bay Lightning?
If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that the Bolts offensive strategy is booming. We all saw the massacre they gave to the Isles in Game 5. Unforgiving, relentless, but needed to get the job done. Players like Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos and Brayden Point gave major contributions to get the score that high.
Currently, they are averaging 3.44 goals scored per game, allowing 2.13 goals scored against them. Tampa Bay is also killing it in the power play, which we’ve clearly seen recently. They have an expected rate of 39.2%. As for the penalty kill, they average an 81.6% effectiveness rate. These stats are proof that their performance has been superb recently.
Why Bet on the New York Islanders?
After their recent mishap in Game 5, the Islanders will have to play at complete perfection if they intend to extend this series one more game. They had a similar problem with the offensive line of the Bruins, but were able to manage that. In this case, it seems a bit difficult. Just in points alone, the Bolts have obtained 18 points in the frontline.
Their performance so far in the postseason have them averaging 3.00 goals scored per game, allowing 2.94 goals against in the process. As for the power play, their effectiveness rate stand a 22.2%, with their penalty kill percentage currently at 63.4%. The Isles need to give 100% tonight if they want to pull off another upset.
Lightning vs. Islanders Betting Trends
- The Lightning are 8-3 SU in the last 11 games.
- The Lightning are 8-4 SU in the last 12 games against NY Islanders.
- The totals went under in 8 of Tampa Bay’s last 12 games.
- The Islanders are 5-2 SU in the last 7 games at home.
- The Islanders are 4-9 SU in the last 13 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay.
- The totals went over in 4 of NY Islanders’ last 5 games played on a Wednesday.
Lightning vs. Islanders Expert Betting Predictions
With the way things went in Game 5, it’s hard to see the Islanders have a strong comeback. Yet, they have pretty done that throughout the whole postseason. But the Lightning want to make it two years in a row to the big game and they’re just one game away from it. There is pressure from both sides, but morale has leaned more towards the defending champs. This will be quite the game to watch.
*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.