The Tampa Bay Lightning will be on the road in an Eastern Conference NHL matchup against New York Islanders on Thursday evening.
The Lightning are third in the Atlantic Division (45-27-6, 96 points) and are coming off a 6-3 road loss on Wednesday against the New York Rangers. The Islanders are trying to hold onto a Wild Card spot and are fourth in the Metropolitan Division (39-30-9, 87 points). They are riding a two-game losing streak after a 2-1 road loss on Sunday against the Carolina Hurricanes.
This will be the third and final game against one another in the regular season, and the Lightning has won both games thus far.
Lightning vs. Islanders: Match Details
Fixture: Tampa Bay Lightning @ New York Islanders
Date & Time: Thursday, April 6, 2023, 7:30 p.m. EDT
Venue: UBS Arena in Elmont, New York
Lightning vs. Islanders: Betting Odds
|Lightning||+1.5 (-255)||+120||Over 5.5 (+120)|
|Islanders||-1.5 (+190)||-140||Under 5.5 (+100)|
Lightning vs. Islanders: Best Picks
The Lightning will send backup goalie Brian Elliott to take on the New York Islanders in this game, with the Islanders struggling to score goals as of late. However, this is their chance to bounce back and attack. Tampa Bay is allowing 3.01 goals allowed per game throughout the season, and Elliott is giving up 3.30 goals per game, so this is an excellent chance for the Islanders to get going. Go with the over on goals allowed here.
Brian Elliott Over 2.5 Goals Allowed (-155)
Lightning vs. Islanders: Betting Prediction
This game will be highly entertaining, as these are two top Eastern Conference teams. Neither team has been dominating as of late, and Brian Elliott being in the net will be a chance for the Islanders to win here. Killing penalties will be a critical aspect in leading the way tonight. Tampa Bay is 15th in NHL with a 79.8 kill percentage so far, while New York is eighth with an 81.9 kill percentage heading into this game. All in all, go with the New York Islanders to win at home as they continue to fight for their postseason lives.