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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Islanders - 11/18/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Islanders (10-6-2) at Tampa Bay Lightning (15-2-2)
Date & Time Saturday November 18, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)
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The Line
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -175 / New York Islanders +158 --- Over/Under: 6
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The New York Islanders look to pull off the road upset on Saturday as they take on the league leading Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Islanders have had an up and down start to the season and are hoping that a road trip to Tampa Bay will serve as a jumping off point for the rest of the season as the Bolts are looking like a legitimate Stanley Cup threat and as the season moves along I think we will start to see teams give it their absolute best every time they see Tampa on the schedule. The Isles have the personnel to go on a playoff run in the Eastern Conference as John Tavares remains one of the league’s best players and there are certainly some great secondary scoring options on this team but they need to find a bit more depth through the draft or a trade in the coming seasons if they’re going to jump back in the discussion as an every year contender in the NHL’s Eastern Conference. Thomas Greiss is expected to get the start here as he will face off against Andrei Vasilevskiy who is having an incredible start to his first season as the team’s every day starter.

The Lightning head into tonight’s game with a 15-2-1 record and an 8-1-1 mark on home ice and they are looking as dangerous as anyone in the league right now as they have a ton of firepower in every facet of the game. Tampa was expected to be a Cup contender last year but another long term injury to Steven Stamkos quickly derailed that dream but now the former first overall pick is back and healthy and is looking as good as ever as he and Russian sniper Nikita Kucherov are off to a ridiculous start on the score sheet. Tampa is 10-2 in their last 12 home games and 4-1 in their last five against Metro division foes and while New York is playing some nice hockey at the moment it makes sense the Lightning are big home favourites in this spot.

The Isles are 5-1 in their last six against the Atlantic and 8-2 in their last 10 against the East while the Bolts are 6-0 in their last six against a team with a winning record and 35-16 in their last 51 overall. New York has been tough to figure out but they seem to step up in games against strong teams but the better play here for me is the over as both teams have the capability of lighting up the score board.

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