Free Game 1 Prediction: Islanders vs Lightning Odds
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Series Tied 0-0
(4-2) NY Islanders vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (4-1)
Date: Wednesday, April 27th
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds:Tampa Bay -155
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds:Tampa Bay -1.5 +185
NHL Betting Total: 5
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The Islanders and Lightning advanced past the First Round of the NHL Playoffs and will now look to get a leg up with a Game 1 win here on Wednesday.
NY took 6 games against the Panthers while the Lightning handled business in 5 games against the Red Wings.
The Islanders knew they were in for a fight in the first round of the NHL Playoffs. They came in as underdogs and without home ice against the Florida Panthers.
However, one thing they had one their side that Florida didn’t, was that playoff experience.
NY stole 2 road games in Florida and then after it looked like the Panthers were going to send the series to a Game 7 back in Florida, Captain Jonathan Tavares tied things up with less than a minute to play in regulation.
The Islanders would then go on to win in double overtime, avenging last year’s early playoff exit.
NY can really thank G Thomas Greiss for his efforts too. Taking the place of the injured Halak, Greiss allowed just 1.75 goals per game in the first round and really came up clutch on many occasions.
He’ll deal with an even better offense this time around, putting more pressure on him in this series.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay knew things wouldn’t be easy without Captain Steven Stamkos. However, when you have players step up in big places, things get a little bit easier and the pressure gets taken off.
The Lightning had little problems with the Red Wings, winning Games 1 and 2 before wrapping things up in Games 4 and 5.
Alex Killorn, Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov accounted for 10 of Tampa’s 12 goals in the series.
This line has found the chemistry, but it’s the other places the Lightning need to find production that raises some alarms. The Lightning really didn’t get much offensively from others, which puts a lot more pressure on this line to perform.
Defensively, Ben Bishop was up for the task, especially in Game 5. With a lot of defensive breakdowns and turnovers from Tampa Bay, Bishop closed the door, not allowing the Red Wings to get themselves back into the game.
Bishop will have taller task here as the Islanders have threats to score both on the wings and even with the defenseman.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- Islanders are 5-1 in their last 6 road games..
- Islanders are 4-1 in their last 5 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game..
- Islanders are 8-2 in their last 10 Wednesday games..
- Lightning are 18-8 in their last 26 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game..
- Lightning are 64-30 in their last 94 home games..
- Lightning are 2-5 in their last 7 games following a win..
Free Tampa Bay Lightning vs. NY Islanders NHL Hockey Prediction
The Islanders are up for the task in this one.
They have the ability to steal games on the road and they showed that in the Florida series. Getting out early and taking the crowd out of it is a start, but they’ll also have to be a bit cautious.
Don’t allow the Lightning to find the back of the net early themselves or things could get out of hand.
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The Islanders come into Tampa and steal Game 1 behind the Captain Jonathan Tavares and his big night.
NHL Free Score Prediction: NY 4- Tampa Bay 2
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