NHL Betting Preview: New York Islanders vs. Tampa Bay Lightning – Friday, Feb. 1, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York
When: Friday February 1st at 7:00 PM ET
Money Line: Tampa Bay -150
BetDSI has the Tampa Bay Lightning listed as -150 money line favorites over the New York Islanders. The Tampa Bay Lightning enter this game with a record of 37-11-2 and have lost three of their last five games including a road loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday by a score of 2-4.
The New York Islanders enter this game with a record of 29-15-5 and have won four of their last five games, but are coming off a road loss against the Chicago Blackhawks by a score of 2-3 which ended their five games winning streak. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog New York Islanders.
New York Islanders
The Islanders are 29-15-5 overall and 14-7-3 at home. The New York Islanders should be a playoff team this season and could make a deeper run than expected if they do reach the playoffs. They currently have 63 points on the season which is 2nd in the Eastern Conference and 1st in the Metropolitan division. New York is 29-15-5 overall, 14-7-3 at home and 18-11-2 as an underdog.
Mathew Barzal leads the team in points and assists with 45 points and 31 assists. Anders Lee leads the team in goals with 18. Robin Lehner is 15-7-4 on the season with a .931 save % and is allowing 2.02 goals per game.
New York is averaging 3 goals per game which ranks 16th in the NHL. They are averaging 28.18 shots per game which ranks 30th in the NHL. They are averaging 0.49 power play goals per game which ranks 24th in the NHL. They are averaging 2.94 power-play chances per game which is tied for 18th in the NHL. The Islanders are allowing 2.49 goals per game which ranks 1st in the NHL.
Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning are 37-11-2 overall and 17-6-2 on the road. The Tampa Bay Lightning are in a mini-slump after losing three of their last five games, but still remain the top team in the NHL. They currently have 76 points on the season which is the most in the NHL and 5 more than the 2nd place Calgary Flames. Tampa Bay is 37-11-2 overall, 17-6-2 on the road and 36-10-2 as a favorite.
Nikita Kucherov leads the team in points and assists with 79 points and 57 assists. Brayden Point leads the team in goals with 30. Andrei Vasivskiy is 20-7-2 on the season with a .922 save % and is allowing 2.55 goals per game this season.
Tampa Bay is averaging 4.02 goals per game which ranks 1st in the NHL. They are averaging 32.84 shots per game which ranks 7th in the NHL. They are averaging 1 power play goal per game which ranks 1st in the NHL. They are averaging 3.34 power-play chances per game which is tied for 5th in the NHL. The Lightning are allowing 2.88 goals per game which ranks 11th in the NHL.
Tampa Bay gets the win on the road
The Lightning are the best team in the NHL and have fared well against the Islanders. Tampa Bay is 8-2 in their last ten match-ups with New York while outscoring the Islanders by an average of 4.1 to 2.3 in those games. The Lightning are 2-1 in their last three meetings with the Islanders, but New York is outscoring Tampa Bay by an average of 4.33 to 4 in those contests.
Tampa Bay is also 5-1 in their last six games while playing the Islanders on the road. I look for the Lightning to win the game against the Islanders on Friday. Make sure to bet this match-up on BetDSI.