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#35 N.Y. Islanders Islanders 6 vs.
#36 Tampa Bay Lightning -170
Monday, December 9, 2019 at 7:05pm EST
Amalie Arena, Tampa
Written by David Hess



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National Hockey League action on Monday evening and the Metro Division will square off with the Atlantic Division as the New York Islanders grapple with the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. The Islanders won the first meeting at home by a score of 5-2. New York enters this game at 19-9 on the year while the Bolts are 14-13.

The Islanders Need More Offense

The New York Islanders have gotten off to a great start this year as they have gone 19-9 through their first 28 games. Still, think of where they would be if they had a bit more offense, especially of late. the Islanders come in off a 3-1 loss to the Dallas Stars on the road and they have now gone just 3-5 over their last eight games. The Isles have averaged just 1.75 gpg over that eight-game stretch. The Islanders will clearly need more offense than that, especially in this one against a Tampa Bay team that leads the league in scoring. Despite their strong start and the fact that they are in 2nd place in the Metro Division, the Islanders are still nine points out of first. Scoring their lone goal against the Stars was Mathew Barzal, which was his 12th of the year.

Absorbing the loss to the Stars was Thomas Greiss, who allowed three goals on 37 shot attempts to fall to 10-4 with a 2.24 GAA on the year. Semyon Varlamov is slated to get the start in this one and he has gone 9-5 with a 2.35 GAA on the year, including 4-2 with a 1.81 GAA on the road. In his career, he has gone 94-116 with a 2.89 GAA on the road and 35-36 with a 2.76 GAA during the month of November, plus 9-8 with a 2.44 GAA against the Lightning.The Islanders enter this game ranked 18th in the league in scoring at 2.82 gpg and 19th in power-play conversions at 18.2% while on the defensive end of the ice, they are 4th in the league in goals allowed at 2.43 gpg and 14th in penalty kill at 81.6%.

Bolts Zap Sharks Into Chum

The Tampa Bay Lightning have gotten off to a rather mediocre start this year, which is a bit shocking after they were by far the best team in the regular season a year ago. Tampa Bay enters this game at 14-13 on the year and in 6th place in the Atlantic Division. The Bolts won the division last year by 21 points but they enter this game sitting 15 points out of first. Tampa Bay enters this game off a 7-1 home win over the Sharks and while they have won two of their last three games, they have also lost four of their last six. The Bolts have the potential to make a big run, but catching the Bruins in the Division may already be out of reach. Scoring in the win over the Sharks was Tyler Johnson, who scored twice and now has seven on the year, Alex Killorn, which was his 8th, Steven Stamkos, who scored twice and now has nine on the year, Victor Hedman, which was his 7th and Carter Verhaeghe, which was the first of his career.

Grabbing the win against the Sharks was Andrei Vasilevskiy, who allowed one goal on 38 shot attempts to move to 11-9 with a 2.91 GAA on the year, including 6-4 with a 3.05 GAA here at home. In his career, he has gone 79-37 with a 2.66 GAA he at Amalie Arena and 25-9 with a 2.52 GAA during the month of December, plus 6-4 with a 2.46 GAA against the Islanders.The Bolts enter this game ranked 1st in the league in scoring at 3.74 gpg and 2nd in power-play conversions at 30.0% while on the defensive end of the ice, they are 23rd in the league in goals allowed at 3.22 gpg and 18th in penalty kill at 79.3%.

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The New York Islanders are off to a great start but they have gone just 1-5 in their last six games on the road and the Bolts are normally a strong home team. Sampa Bay just crushed the sharks at home and they have now won two of their last three games overall. The Bolts have the top offense in the league and they will be facing a New York team that has averaged just 1.75 gpg over their last eight games. Can the Islanders find enough offense to win this one? I don't think so. Take the Bolts in this one

Prediction: Tampa Bay -175

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The Islanders do not have enough offense to push this game over the total. They come in averaging just 1.75 gpg over their last eight games and just 2.31 gpg on the road. They will be facing Andrei Vasilevskiy, who has a 2.46 GAA against the Islanders in his career. The Bolts have averaged a strong 4.31 gpg here at home, but the Islanders have allowed just 2.62 gpg on the road and Semyon Varlamov has a 1.81 GAA away from home. The Under is 11-1 in New York's last 12 Monday games and that is the clincher.

Prediction: Under 6

Written By David Hess

David has always had a fascination with numbers and sports, so he combined the two to become a handicapper and a writer for us here at Winners & Whiners, along with StatSalt. All the information that David puts in his articles are well-researched and his predictions are well-thought out. He is a big fan of all the major pro sports and the colleges making David a very versatile and a constantly winning handicapper. David has been writing for the past 10 years and has been handicapping for over 20 years. He will help you beat the Man, so be sure and follow along.