Islanders vs Lightning Prediction: Good value with Isles

The New York Islanders will cap off a very disappointing season by hosting the playoff-tied Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night. While the Islanders deserve to be underdogs at home – they were 26 points and 63 goals behind the Bolts overall on Thursday – this is a good place to tackle the Islands against a team that will approach this competition like a preseason Game.

The Lightning have played plenty of hockey over the past three seasons, so getting into the playoffs fresh and healthy is a priority for a team looking to win their third straight Stanley Cup. As such, it’s likely head coach Jon Cooper will choose to rest many regulars as his team plays for the second night in a row.

The Islanders, meanwhile, have no reason to rest their players and will look to head into the off-season on a high by putting in a decent showing in their final home game until October. The Islanders are overwhelmed when Tampa Bay is at full strength, but that probably won’t be the case on Friday, making New York a value at this number.

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The game: Islanders, +165. Islanders vs Lightning Prediction: Good value with Isles


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