NHL Betting Preview: New York Islanders vs. Tampa Bay Lightning – Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York
When: Sunday, January 13th at 7:00 PM ET
Money Line: Tampa Bay -160
BetDSI has the Tampa Bay Lightning listed as -160 money line favorites over the New York Islanders.
The Tampa Bay Lightning enter this game with a record of 34-8-2 and have won four of their last five including three games in a row and are coming off a road win against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday by a score of 5-3.
The New York Islanders enter this game with a record of 24-15-4 and have won three of their last five games, but are coming off a home loss against the New York Rangers on Sunday by a score of 1-2. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog the New York Islanders.
New York Islanders
The Islanders are 24-15-4 and 10-6-3 at home. The Islanders are one of the better teams in the NHL and should be able to make the playoffs this season. They currently have 52 points on the season which is tied for 7th in the Eastern Conference and is 4th best in the Metropolitan Division. New York is 24-15-4 overall, 10-6-3 at home and 16-11-2 as an underdog.
Mathew Barzal leads the team in points and assists with 41 points and 28 assists. Anders Lee leads the team in goals with 16. Thomas Greiss is 12-8-1 on the season with a save % of .914 and is allowing 2.69 goals per game.
New York is averaging 3 goals per game which ranks 14th in the NHL. They are averaging 28.21 shots per game which ranks 29th in the NHL. They are averaging .49 power play goals per game which ranks 25th in the NHL. They are averaging 3.02 power play chances per game which is tied for 16th in the NHL. The Islanders are allowing 2.7 goals per game which ranks 5th in the NHL.
Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning are 34-8-2 overall and 15-4-2 on the road. The Tampa Bay Lightning are the best team in the NHL and it’s not even close. They currently have 72 points on the season which is best in the NHL and is 10 more than the 2nd place team in the NHL. Tampa Bay is 34-8-2 overall, 15-4-2 on the road and 33-7-2 as a favorite.
Nikita Kucherov leads the team in points and assists with 72 points and 51 assists. Brayden Point leads the team in assists with 32. Andrei Vasilevskly is 18-4-2 on the season with a .925 save % and is allowing 2.49 goals per game.
Tampa is averaging 4.16 goals per game which ranks 1st in the NHL. They are averaging 33.02 shots per game which ranks 7th in the NHL. They are averaging 1.02 power play goals per game which ranks 1st in the NHL. They are averaging 3.41 power play chances per game which ranks 4th in the NHL. The Lightning is allowing 2.84 goals per game which is tied for 11th in the NHL.
Tampa Bay gets the win on the road
Tampa Bay is 9-1 in their last 10 games with New York while outscoring the Islanders by an average of 4.5 to 2.2 goals in those games. The Lightning have also won the last three meetings with the Islanders while outscoring New York by an average of 5.67 to 3.33 in those contests. I look for the best team in the NHL to remain dominant and to come away with the win on the road against the Islanders on Monday. Make sure to bet this match-up on BetDSI.