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Hockey odds preview - New York vs. Tampa Bay

New York Islanders

Tampa Bay Lightning
18-23-7 January 16, 2014, 07:30 PM | St. Pete Times Forum 28-15-4

The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the New York Islanders invade Tampa Bay Times Forum on Thursday.

Tampa Bay will face the 18-23-7 Islanders. In totals betting, the Lightning are 20-24-3 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Islanders are 26-21-1 favoring the OVER.

View New York Islanders vs Tampa Bay Lightning Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 162 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including 5Dimes. The total opened at 5.5 for those preferring over under wagers, watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.

The Lightning sit at No. 7 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Islanders sit at a No. 15 on the same chart.

New York lost its last outing, a 4-2 result against the Panthers on January 14. Bettors who backed the Panthers at +100 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (6) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Tampa Bay was a 2-1 winner in its last match on the road against the Rangers. They won as +160 underdogs, while the total score of 3 made winners of UNDER bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Tampa Bay's No. 9-ranked offense (2.89 goals per game) against a Islanders defense that ranks No. 29 at 3.25 goals per game allowed. The Lightning powerplay has clicked at a 16.88% rate while the Islanders have a 75.34% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Islanders at Lightning trends to consider:
NY Islanders is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Islanders's last 5 games
NY Islanders is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Islanders's last 6 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games
Tampa Bay is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games at home
Tampa Bay is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing NY Islanders

Next up:
New York at Philadelphia, Saturday, January 18th
Tampa Bay home to San Jose, Saturday, January 18th