Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Lightning vs. Islanders NHL Odds
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NHL Handicapping Analysis
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Islanders
Date: Sunday, September 13th
Time: 3:00 PM ET
Venue: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto ON
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Lightning -145, Islanders +125
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Lightning -1.5 (+175)
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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The odds for game four of the Eastern Conference Finals game between the Lightning and Islanders are nearly identical to Friday’s matchup that New York won 5-3. Tampa Bay still holds a 2-1 series lead though.
The big question heading into Sunday afternoon’s tilt is if the Islanders have gained momentum or Tampa Bay simply got complacent last game? Most people still count New York out of this series despite the game three win.
Tampa Bay Lightning
What went wrong for the Lightning after starting off this series with 8-2 and 2-1 wins? Game three was there for the taking after the teams were tied up 3-3 with about 8 minutes left but it was New York that prevailed.
Has Tampa Bay snapped back to reality after an 8-2 win in game one made this series look like it was going to be quick and decisive? The Lightning struggled to a 2-1 win in game two on a goal with under 10 seconds left.
The best thing the Islanders did in game three was prove they can get to Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy. The Tampa Bay net minder had allowed 2 goals or less in five straight before surrendering four on 35 shots last game.
New York Islanders
Considering they lost game two on a goal with :09 on the clock and scored their first win of the series in game three, it’s looking like the Islanders have bounced back nicely from the game one loss. Can that carry over though?
The Islanders getting the win in game three might have just tipped the scales in favor of the Lightning ahead of game four. Tampa Bay may have been guilty of looking ahead to the Stanley Cup, now their focus is calibrated.
The Islanders seem intent on riding things out with Semyon Varlamov. He got the win in game three, but still gave up 3+ goals for the fourth time in the last five postseason outings.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Lightning are 38-14 last 52 overall
- Islanders are 13-3 last 16 Sunday games
- Islanders are 5-14 last 19 as an underdog
- Favorite is 18-8 last 26 head to head meetings
- Lightning are 14-5 last 19 meetings
Free Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Islanders NHL Prediction:
Unlike the Stars – Golden Knights series in which either team could win until Game 7 is in the books, it seems like it’s a matter of time before the Islanders bow out to Vegas.
It’s hard to see Vasilevskiy having another bad outing, and you’re playing with fire betting on Varlamov.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Lightning -145
Anything under -150 for the Lightning in this series is a must-take. They are the superior talent.
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