NHL Playoff Game 7 Betting Preview: New York Islanders vs. Tampa Bay Lightning – Friday, June 25, 2021

by Spooky Express | June 25, 2021 |

The two greatest words in all of the sports will happen tonight – Game 7. From the Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay, the host Lightning will take on the visiting Islanders. The winner of this game will head to the Stanley Cup Finals against the Montreal Canadiens.

For Tampa Bay, their journey and 11 wins have been in defense of their Stanley Cup title they won in 2020. The Lightning come into this game as the favorite. You can bet the Lightning at -170 over the Islanders on Friday night.

New York Islanders Betting Preview: Islanders Looking to Pull of the Unthinkable

While the New York Islanders were not as big of an underdog as Montreal was in their best of 7 series – they are still large underdogs. The Islanders will look to shake the demons of playing at the Amalie Area, as they have been outscored by a score of 12-2 in their last two affairs. The Islanders are coming off an epic 3-2 win in overtime on Wednesday to force a Game 7.

Jordan Eberle, Scott Mayfield, and Anthony Beauvillier were the goal scorers in the win on Wednesday. In the postseason, New York has seen fairly balanced scoring. During the regular season, Eberle was third on the team with 33 points, with Matthew Barzel anchoring the team with 28 assists and 17 goals.

Semyon Varlamov is the netminder for the Islanders. Outside of the bad game on June 21st, he has been pretty solid. Varlamov has allowed just two goals or less in 3 out of his last four games and 8 out of his last 10.

Tampa Bay Lightning Betting Preview: Lightning 5 Wins Away

The Tampa Bay Lightning are looking to go back to back for the first time since the Penguins did it in 2016 and 2017. The Lightning are looking to prevent the Islanders from winning their first Stanley Cup title since the 1982-1983 season.  Andrei Vaslevskiy will be between the pipes for the Lightning. The 26-year-old from Russia finished the regular season with 31 wins and allowed just 2.21 goals per game.

Brayden Point has been outstanding for Tampa Bay during the postseason. In fact, Point has scored a point in 9 straight postseason games. He was the first to get on the board in the Game 6 loss. So far in the postseason, Point has scored 14 goals. During the regular season, he was tops on his team with 48 points, including team-high 23 goals.

Islanders vs. Lightning Betting Odds & Lines

The Lightning come into this game as the favorite. You can bet the Lightning at -170 over the Islanders on Friday night.

Free Betting Pick

The Tampa Bay Lightning are the better team here. While the Islanders are playing incredible hockey, and on any given night can win this game, tonight is not one of those nights. The Lightning have the strength and resiliency and have been there and done that before.

Tampa Bay finds a way to get ahead, and stay ahead, ultimately winning this game. The Lightning win this game by a final score of 3-1. The Spooky Express free pick for this game is the Tampa Bay Lightning -170 over the New York Islanders.

Spooky Express Free Pick: Tampa Bay Lightning

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