New York Islanders vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Nov 15, 2021

For the first time since Game 7 of last year's Stanley Cup semifinal playoff round, the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders will go head-to-head.

NY Islanders
37-35-4-6
AT
November 15, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
Amalie Arena
Tampa Bay
51-23-3-5
Puckline +1.5 -196
Moneyline +124
Over / Under o +5.5

19%

Betting Action

81%

Puckline -1.5 +163
Moneyline -149
Over / Under u +5.5

19%

Betting Action

81%

Just two games on the NHL schedule Monday and the best one is the New York Islanders visiting the two-time Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning.

Tampa opened as -135 favourites to win on the NHL odds with a total of 5.5 goals.

Islanders vs. Lightning NHL Betting Odds

Monday is the first of three regular-season meetings between these teams. The Islanders still haven’t played a home game but finally will debut in their new UBS Arena on Saturday. That’s located next to the famous Belmont Park racetrack.

New York and Tampa Bay played each other in the Stanley Cup semifinals last season. The Lightning won Game 7 at home 1-0 behind a brilliant performance from Andrei Vasilevskiy. He would eventually be named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the post-season MVP. Yanni Gourde had the lone goal in that one, coming short-handed. The Lightning lost him in the Expansion Draft to Seattle.

Tampa Bay is 20-9 in the past 29 meetings. The under is 5-2-3 in the previous 10.

New York Islanders

New York has been off since losing its second in a row Thursday, 4-0 at New Jersey. The Isles outshot the Devils 42-34 but couldn’t solve Mackenzie Blackwood. New York was 0-for-3 on the power play, while New Jersey was 1-for-2 and also scored short-handed. Two of the Islanders’ better forwards, Kyle Palmieri and Zach Parise, are yet to score a goal this season. Brock Nelson leads the club with nine points and seven goals. Centre Casey Cizikas missed practice Saturday with an illness but it’s not COVID and he should play here. Likely will be Ilya Sorokin in net Monday. He’s 5-3-2 with a 2.18 goals-against average and .933 save percentage. The Isles are 0-6 in their past six vs. teams with a winning record.

Tampa Bay Lightning

Three of Tampa Bay’s past four games have finished in overtime – it beat visiting Florida 3-2 in OT on Saturday. Brayden Point scored a backhand breakaway goal to win it, his fifth goal of the season. Point has eight overtime goals in his career, tied for third most in Lightning history behind only Martin St. Louis (10) and Steven Stamkos (9). Pat Maroon (second) and Victor Hedman (second) also scored. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 26 of 28 shots to improve to 6-2-3 with a 2.31 GAA and .921 SV. He should be in there Monday. The Bolts remain without star forward Nikita Kucherov, who won’t be back for several weeks, and blueliner Erik Cernak. Fellow defenceman Zach Bogosian was injured on opening night but returned Saturday. The Lightning are 36-15 in their past 51 Monday games.

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