Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Islanders 12/20/2014 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 12/19/2014
Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 7:00 PM ET
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale
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On Saturday night, the Tampa Bay Lightning will be going up against the New York Islanders in a game that will feature two of the best offenses in the NHL. The Lightning have not played as well on the road as they have at home this season, while the Islanders have one of the better home records in the league through the early part of the season.
In their first game against each other this year, the Islanders were able to rout the Lightning 5-2 in Tampa. The Lightning were 0-for-3 on the power play in that game and the Islanders ended up with a 36-28 shooting advantage.
Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop has faced the Islanders seven times in his career, going 4-2-1 against them with a .908 save percentage and a 2.50 GAA. Star center Steven Stamkos has 10 goals and 11 assists in his 22 games against the Islanders, while Valtteri Filppula has notched four goals and three assists in 10 games against them.
Islanders’ All-Star center John Tavares has scored six goals and provided 13 assists to his teammates in 19 games against Tampa Bay, while right wing Kyle Okposo has notched five goals and 10 assists in his 19 games against them. Veteran netminder Jaroslav Halak has faced the Lightning five times in his career, going 3-2-0 with a 2.22 GAA and an .899 save percentage.
Tampa Bay Lightning Betting Trends
Tampa Bay Lightning are 20-13-0 Against the Spread
Tampa Bay Lightning are 19-13-0 against the Over/Under
New York Islanders Betting Trends
New York Islanders are 21-10-0 Against the Spread
New York Islanders are 16-15-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
Tampa Bay Lightning
12/18/14 GO Ben Bishop Lower Body doubtful Friday vs New Jersey and Saturday vs NY Islanders
12/18/14 D Radko Gudas Flu is upgraded to probable Friday vs. New Jersey
12/18/14 C Tyler Johnson Flu "?" Friday vs. New Jersey
12/16/14 LW Ondrej Palat Lower Body "?" Friday vs New Jersey
10/06/14 D Mattias Ohlund Knee out indefinitely
New York Islanders
12/18/14 D Johnny Boychuk Upper Body is upgraded to "?" Friday vs. Detroit
12/18/14 D Travis Hamonic Shoulder is upgraded to "?" Friday vs. Detroit
12/17/14 RW Michael Grabner Lower Body out indefinitely
10/07/14 D Matt Carkner Back out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take New York
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