New York Islanders (8-4-2) at Tampa Bay Lightning (11-3-1)
|Date & Time||Thursday November 8, 2018, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -205 / New York Islanders +180 --- Over/Under: 5.5
Thursday NHL action features the Tampa Bay Lightning hosting the New York Islanders.
The New York Islanders look to get back in the win column after a 4-3 SO loss to visiting Montreal on Monday ended a five game winning streak. Casey Cizkas led the Islanders with a pair of first period goals with Valtteri Filppula also scoring in the first. New York failed to score in the SO and Thomas Greiss stopped 32 shots to secure a point.
The Canadiens offense came off the sticks of Jonathan Drouin, Max Domi and Noah Juulsen in regulation. Joel Armia scored the only goal of the shootout in the 5th round to lift Montreal and make a winner of Antti Niemi and his 21 saves.
The Tampa Bay Lightning sit atop the Atlantic standings after a 5-2 victory against Edmonton Tuesday gave the team a three game winning streak. Ryan Strome and Leon Draisaitl scored for Edmonton and Mikko Koskinen gave up all five goals on 36 shots to get the loss.
Nikita Kucherov paced the Tampa Bay offense with a pair of goals with Steven Stamkos, Yanni Gourde and Brayden Point all lighting the lamp. Stamkos gave the Lightning a pair of assists and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 34 shots to pick up the win.
Islanders are 4-0 in their last 4 Thursday games and Islanders are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference and Islanders are 5-1 in their last 6 overall. Under is 3-0-1 in Lightning last 4 Thursday games and under is 8-1-2 in Lightning last 11 vs. a team with a winning record and Lightning are 18-5 in their last 23 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation. Islanders are 1-9 in the last 10 meetings and Islanders are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Tampa Bay and over is 5-2-2 in the last 9 meetings in Tampa Bay.
The Islanders have been a nice surprise in the early stages of the season but Tampa Bay is rock solid…