Palmerbet Sports Team’s Best of the Day preview hits the ice for some NHL tips ahead of the New York Islanders showdown with the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

History: Played 58: Lightning 33 V Islanders 25

Last meeting: March 23, 2018: Lightning 7 d Islanders 6 at Madison Square Garden

Final Thoughts: The Eastern Conference’s two division leaders square off in the highlight of the NHL’s schedule.

The New York Islanders sit atop the Metropolitan Division with an 8-4-2 record. They are currently one of the league’s in-form teams, with overtime losses bookending a five-match winning streak. They have won their last three on the road.

It’s been an impressive charge from the Islanders after a 3-4 start, as well as coming seventh in their division last season.

First in the East last season before going down in the Conference Finals, the Tampa Bay Lightning are gearing up for another Stanley Cup Finals tilt. They lead the Atlantic Division with a 11-3-1 record.

The Lightning are coming off three straight wins over the Candiens, Senators and Oilers.

Tampa Bay have won nine of their last 10 against New York. Six of the last seven clashes between the sides were decided by two-plus goals. Eight of the last 13 have produced totals of seven-plus.

The teams met three times last season, with the Islanders grabbing a 5-3 win in Tampa before the Lightning prevailed 6-2 at home and 7-6 away.

The Lightning have scored the most goals in the NHL but the Islanders have conceded the third-least.

A close battle looms with a high chance of overtime, while the Islanders shape as a good option with the start and the under also attractive.

Tip: Total – Under 6 @ $2.00