The New York Islanders, led by Josh Bailey and Anders Lee, are ready to take the ice against Brayden Point, Nikita Kucherov, the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena in an Eastern Conference showdown. The action gets going at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 8, and it’s being televised live on MSG Network.
New York Islanders at Tampa Bay Lightning Odds,
Tampa Bay enters the matchup as the heavy favorite with a moneyline of -215. The line for New York sits at +180 and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at an even 6 goals. The odds for betting the total stand at -120 money on the over and +100 on the under.
Tampa Bay is 11-4 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 4.3 units this season. That winning percentage, ranked second in the league in this young season, is fairly close to the 54-28 record the team posted during the 2017-18 season campaign. Out of the team’s 15 regular season outings, eight of them have gone under the total, while seven have gone over and none have pushed. The team is 6-2 SU at home thus far.
The Lightning have been able to convert on 25.5 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated third overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 89.3 percent of all penalties.
With a .935 save percentage and 29.0 saves per game, Andrei Vasilevskiy (eight wins, three losses, and one OT loss) has been the principal goalkeeper for the Bolts this season. If the Bolts, however, choose to rest him, head coach Jon Cooper could turn to Louis Domingue (3-1-1 record, .885 save percentage, 3.77 goals against average).
In the other locker room, New York is 8-6 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 5.9 units this year. Through 14 regular season outings, eight of its games have gone under the total, while six have gone over and none have pushed. The Islanders are 5-3 SU as a road team this season.
The Islanders have converted on 20.5 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 21st overall and it’s successfully killed off 77.3 percent of all opponent power plays.
Thomas Greiss (26.2 saves per game) has been the primary choice in goal for New York. Greiss owns a 6-3-1 record, while registering a .940 save percentage and 1.98 goals against average this year.