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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Islanders - 12/5/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Islanders (16-8-2) at Tampa Bay Lightning (18-6-2)

NHL Hockey: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm (Amalie Arena)

The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -175 / New York Islanders +158 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds

TV: MSG+, SUN, TVA

The New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lighting meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Amalie Arena.

The New York Islanders look for another victory after winning five of their last six games. The New York Islanders are averaging 3.7 goals per game and are scoring on 21.6 percent of their power play opportunities. John Tavares leads New York with 16 goals, Josh Bailey has 25 assists and Anders Lee has 61 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 77.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Jaroslav Halak has given up 37 goals on 389 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 44 goals on 422 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last nine games.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Islanders - 12/5/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Tampa Bay Lighting look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Tampa Bay Lighting are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 27.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with 19 goals, Steven Stamkos has 26 assists and Vladislav Namestnikov has 67 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lighting are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 82.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 49 goals on 723 shots faced and Peter Budaj has allowed 15 goals on 113 shots. The Tampa Bay Lighting have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 13 games.

The Islanders are 4-1 in their last 5 road games, 25-8 in their last 33 Tuesday games and 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest. The Lightning are 12-3 in their last 15 home games, 37-15 in their last 52 games playing on 2 days rest and 35-16 in their last 51 overall. The Islanders are 1-7 in the last 8 meetings and the road team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

The Islanders are playing well enough to be worth a look with this big plus money. However, New York continues to struggle on the defensive end and is on the end of a back to back after playing the Florida Panthers in overtime. The Lightning continue to play lights out hockey on their home ice and have scored no less than three goals in eight of their last nine meetings against the Islanders. Price isn't great, but Tampa Bay should be the play here on its home ice.

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