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Islanders Must Find Consistency

New York Islanders NHL

The New York Islanders managed to snap a four-game losing skid with a 3-1 win against the Ottawa Senators Wednesday, but they need to start stringing wins together or they will be in danger of losing out on their playoff spot in the competitive Eastern Conference. The Isles will look to make it back-to-back wins when they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning Friday night.

Shark Bites
  • The Islanders are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games versus the Lightning.
  • The Lightning are 13-4 SU in their last 17 home games.
  • The Lightning are 12-5 SU in their last 17 games overall.

Online book Bovada is presently offering the Lightning at -155 in moneyline markets on home ice while the Isles are +125. The total is set at 5 with OVER at -135 and UNDER +105.

The Islanders managed just four goals in their four-game skid which included losses to the Pittsburgh Penguins, Nashville Predators, Dallas Stars and Philadelphia Flyers. The team is currently fourth in the Metropolitan Division with 87 points but are just two up on the Flyers and the Detroit Red Wings over in the Atlantic Division.

The Lightning have won back-to-back games entering Friday’s schedule, but have been wildly inconsistent in March. The Bolts have gone 5-5 SU in the month but have gone just 3-5 SU in eight games following a spectacular nine-game win streak that bridged February and March.

If the playoffs began today, the Isles would be paired up with the Atlantic-leading Florida Panthers, but this run of games entering the playoffs is going to crucial for any postseason aspirations. Considering the way some of the other teams out East are playing, the Isles had better find their best form lest they miss out.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Tampa Bay Lightning as -140 favorites earlier today. The over under opened at 5 at MyBookie for betting fans hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Odds Shark score prediction models pick a 3.7-1.3 result in favor of the Lightning today. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

New York Islanders vs Tampa Bay Lightning Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

42-26-5 Tampa Bay battles the Islanders, currently with a 38-24-9 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 29-36-8 for the Lightning and 27-37-7 for the Islanders. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Tampa Bay vs New York injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Tampa Bay Lightning rated this week at No. 14 and the New York Islanders sitting at No. 18.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Tampa Bay's No. 12-ranked offense, averaging 2.77 goals per game, against a Islanders defense that ranks No. 10 at 2.53 goals allowed. The Lightning power play is averaging 16.46% while the Islanders defense kills off 85.44% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Islanders were a 3-1 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Senators. That made winners of bettors who got New York at -182 on the moneyline, while the total score (4) was good news for OVER bettors.

In their last action, Tampa Bay was a 6-2 winner at home against the Red Wings. Bettors on Tampa Bay at -147 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (8) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Betting Trends
  • NY Islanders is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • NY Islanders is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • NY Islanders is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing Tampa Bay
  • Tampa Bay is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games
  • Tampa Bay is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games at home
  • Tampa Bay is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing NY Islanders

Next Betting Matchups

New York at Carolina, Saturday, March 26th
Tampa Bay home to Florida, Saturday, March 26th