New York Islanders vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Game 7 Prediction, Playoff Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Jun 24, 2021

This series will go the distance as the Lightning and Islanders are set to play a winner-take-all Game 7 in Tampa, with a spot in the Stanley Cup Finals on the line.

NY Islanders
32-17-4-3
AT
June 25, 2021, 8:00 PM ET
Amalie Arena
Tampa Bay
36-17-1-2
Puckline +1.5 -177
Moneyline +150
Over / Under o +5

49%

Betting Action

51%

Puckline -1.5 +148
Moneyline -180
Over / Under u +5

49%

Betting Action

51%

After their worst playoff loss in franchise history on Monday, the New York Islanders answered back on Wednesday with a 3-2 overtime win.  Anthony Beauvillier scored the game-winning goal less than two minutes into the extra period and the Islanders forced a Game 7 against the Lightning in Tampa Bay on Friday.

The Bolts are -177 favourites to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 5.0.

Islanders vs. Lightning Stanley Cup Odds

The Isles are hoping they have a better result at Amalie Arena, as they’ve lost 10 of their last 14 games in Tampa.  Scoring has been at a premium for New York and they’ve hit the Over in five of their last six road games.  They now sit at +375 to win the Stanley Cup.

Tampa has been comfortable at home through the playoffs, winning five of their last seven games at Amalie Arena.  They also currently boast three of the top-4 Conn Smythe favourites in Nikita Kucherov (+385), Brayden Point (+402) and Andrei Vasilevskiy (+501), who only trail Montreal’s Carey Price (+237).  The Bolts are +137 favourites to win the Stanley Cup.

New York Islanders

Despite trailing 2-0 at the midway point of Game 6, New York found a way to stay in the game and grind out a win.  Jordan Eberle and Scott Mayfield scored in regulation, while Beauvillier’s first goal in 11 games and fifth of the playoffs was the OT winner.  After getting called out by Barry Trotz for taking a bad penalty in Game 5, Mathew Barzal responded with two assists on Wednesday.  Semyon Varlamov also had a bounce-back game, making 22 saves two days after he was pulled early in Game 5.

The Islanders have now improved to 8-2 all-time when facing elimination at home in a Game 6.  The one concerning aspect of the game for New York, was that they trailed early again.  It’s the 18th straight game the Isles have trailed at the end of the first period.  It was also the first time in this series the team that didn’t score first won the game.  New York is now 6-6 in these playoffs when giving up the first goal of the game.

Tampa Bay Lightning

Point extended his goal streak to nine straight games and Anthony Cirelli added a goal and an assist himself, but it wasn’t enough to get the job done for Tampa in Game 6.  If Point scores in Game 7, he will tie the all-time NHL playoff record of 10 straight games with a goal, set by Reggie Leach in 1976 with the Philadelphia Flyers.  Vasilevskiy made 25 saves in the loss, but it’s a little concerning to see how the two regulation goals went in.  The first goal was a weak backhand from the slot and the second goal went in over Vasilevskiy’s short side from an awkward angle that should have been stopped.

Even more concerning than Vasilevskiy’s off-night for Tampa, is Kucherov’s status.  Kucherov only lasted one shift in the game before leaving after taking a cross-check from Mayfield.  There was no update on his condition after the game, so it’s a situation worth monitoring.  After missing the entire regular season, Kucherov is leading the NHL in playoff scoring with 27 points (5G, 22A) and needless to say, it would be a huge loss for the Bolts if he can’t go for Game 7.

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