New York Islanders (11-5-0) at Tampa Bay Lightning (11-4-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 15, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -167 / New York Islanders +152 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning square off Saturday at the Amalie Arena.
The New York Islanders extended their winning streak to five games with a Friday win over the Florida Panthers. The Islanders offense continues to produce at a high level, averaging over three goals on the season and scoring 10 goals in their last two games. The New York Islanders are 9-1 this season when scoring three or more goals. The Islanders are taking advantage of the power play as well, producing four pp goals this month. Brock Nelson hs seven goals, John Tavares has 10 assists and Kyle Okposo has 54 shots on goal. Defensively, Chad Johnson has allowed 16 goals on 144 shots and Jaroslav Halak has given up 28 goals on 322 shots faced. The Islanders have allowed one power play goal in their last four games.
The Tampa Bay Lightning hope to get their offense going and snap their two-game skid. The Lightning are averaging a cool 3.5 goals per game on the season but have scored just three goals in their last two games. The Tampa Bay Lightning have lost three straight when scoring two or less goals. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 11 goals, Tyler Johnson has 13 assists and Ryan Callahan has 35 shots on goal. The Lightning have scored three power play goals in their last four games. Defensively, Evgeni Nabokov has allowed 11 goals on 87 shots and Ben Bishop has given up 33 goals on 402 shots faced. The Lightning are 9-9 on power play kills in their last two games.
The Islanders are 9-3 in their last 12 road games and 30-62 in their last 92 games playing on 0 days rest. The Lightning are 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 7-1 in their last 8 vs. Metropolitan. The home team is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
While there's little doubt the Lightning are the better team, the Islanders have been on a role recently and have even been winning on the road. Getting a red hot team and the plus money, I'll take my chances. New York is the value pick here.