Free Game 5 Prediction: Islanders vs Lightning Odds
Looking for Tampa Bay Lightning vs. NY Islanders free hockey picks? NHL betting sees the Islanders taking on the Lightning on Sunday May 9th at Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NHL Hockey matchups throughout the playoffs so stay tuned for more FREE daily NHL hockey predictions.
Date: Sunday, May 9
Time: 3:00 PM
Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Tampa Bay -165
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Tampa Bay-1.5 +155
NHL Betting Total: 5
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Tampa Bay has stolen this series from the Islanders.
They come back home after winning both games on the road and will have a chance to clinch the series in Game 5 on Sunday afternoon.
Tampa Bay Lightning
This series could have gone anyway with the two games in New York.
Tampa Bay stole both games in overtime from the Islanders to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series. The Lightning stepped up in both games defensively late, behind Ben Bishop and his stellar efforts.
Bishop has alternated games in this series where he’s either allowed 4 goals or 1 goal. He turned aside 28 of 29 shots faced in Game 4 and has been the backbone to this team all postseason long. Bishop has just a 2.06 GAA on the season
Tampa Bay now returns home to the confines of their home arena where they are a solid 29-14-1-2 on the year.
The Islanders have their backs completely against the wall now.
New York had just as good of a chance to come back to Tampa up 3-1, but they couldn’t find a clutch shot in overtime to take care of business. Now, they will look to lean on their vets here to try and pull this series back to New York for a Game 6.
One of those vets in particular needs to step up. Captain Jonathan Tavares has gone -1 and -2 in the past two games while staying off the scoresheet over the last 3.
Tavares has the ability to put this team on his back and really dominate, but his presence has been missed over the last 3 games, all of which the Islanders have lost.
Look for them to pull out all the stops here as they try to stave off elimination. They’ll be on attack mode, trying to steal an early goal and get this crowd out of it.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- Lightning are 9-3 in their last 12 games playing on 2 days rest.
- Lightning are 16-6 in their last 22 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Lightning are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Islanders are 8-3 in their last 11 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Islanders are 20-8 in their last 28 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Islanders are 3-7 in their last 10 games playing on 2 days rest.
Free Tampa Bay Lightning vs. NY Islanders NHL Hockey Prediction
The Lightning have complete control here and it’s their series to lose now.
Look for them to really play some inspired hockey here and clinch this one in front of their home crowd.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Lightning ML
Tampa Bay strikes early and never looks back as they take down the Islanders here.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Tampa Bay 4- New York 2
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