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Islanders in Must-Win Spot Friday

Tampa Bay Lightning New York Islanders NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

Desperate to avoid a three-game losing skid and slumping to a 3-1 hole in the series, the New York Islanders are facing a must-win game in Brooklyn against the Tampa Bay Lightning Friday night. The Isles will certainly hope for a strong performance like in Game 3 compared to the dismal play in Game 2 and the players are fully aware.

Shark Bites
  • The visiting team is 3-7 SU in the last games in this matchup.
  • The total has gone OVER in five the Islanders’ last seven home games.
  • The Lightning are 7-1 SU in their last eight games on Friday.

The Isles get the slight edge as home favorites and are currently priced at -115 in moneyline markets at online book Bovada while the Lightning are -105. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 5 goals comes in at -125 while UNDER 5 goals is presently +105.

A late equalizer from Nikita Kucherov helped prevent the Isles from taking a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series as they were just 39 seconds from the horn before the Russian tallied his seventh of the postseason. Still, the Isles stepped their game up after a disappointing 4-1 loss in Florida in Game 2.

"It was our best game so far," center Frans Nielsen said. "Just have to come out and try to be even better next game."

The Isles will be hungry after back-to-back losses in the series, but have played quite well in that spot. They have gone 9-3 straight up in their last 12 games in such spots.

The last time the Isles have lost three or more games was a four-game skid from March 15 through March 21.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Tampa Bay Lightning opened as -110 moneyline in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including BetOnline. The total opened at 5 for those preferring over under betting, watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 3.1-2.8 win for the Lightning on Friday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Islanders Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The New York Islanders sport a record of 50-30-11 heading into this matchup, while the Tampa Bay Lightning sit at 52-33-5 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 38-44-9 for the Islanders and 37-41-12 for the Lightning. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New York vs Tampa Bay injuries news.

The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the New York Islanders at No. 24 and the Tampa Bay Lightning at No. 21 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the New York Islanders No. 10-ranked offense (2.82 goals per game) against a Tampa Bay Lightning defense that ranks No. 4 at 2.43 goals per game allowed. The Islanders powerplay has clicked at a 19.08% rate while the Lightning have a 84.75% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Tampa Bay was a 5-4 winner in its last match on the road against the Islanders. They won as -101 underdogs, while the total score of 9 made winners of OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing NY Islanders
  • Tampa Bay is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against NY Islanders
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Tampa Bay's last 9 games when playing on the road against NY Islanders
  • NY Islanders is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Islanders's last 7 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Islanders's last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
  • NY Islanders is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay

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