New York Islanders at Tampa Bay Lightning - 9/9/20 NHL Picks and Prediction

New York Islanders at Tampa Bay Lightning - 9/9/20 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

New York Islanders (46-26-13) at Tampa Bay Lightning (54-24-6)

NHL Hockey: Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Rogers Place)

The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -170 / New York Islanders +150 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Wednesday in game two of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals at the Rogers Place. 

The New York Islanders look for a bounce back showing to even up this series at 1-1. The New York Islanders are averaging 3.29 goals per game and are scoring on 17.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Anthony Beauvillier leads New York with eight goals, Josh Bailey has 15 assists and Anders Lee has 58 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.29 goals per game and are killing 78.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 33 goals on 381 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed six goals on 84 shots.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning look for another victory to take a quick 2-0 series lead. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.36 goals per game and are scoring on 22 percent of their power play opportunities. Brayden Point leads Tampa Bay with eight goals, Nikita Kucherov has 16 assists and Victor Hedman has 48 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.29 goals per game and are killing 81.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 31 goals on 442 shots faced.

The Islanders are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 4-13 in their last 17 games as an underdog and 3-12 in their last 15 Wednesday games. The Lightning are 6-1 in their last 7 playoff games as a favorite, 35-16 in their last 51 games as a favorite and 37-14 in their last 51 overall. The over is 3-1-1 in Islanders last 5 overall. The under is 9-4-2 in Lightning last 15 overall. The Islanders are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Tampa Bay and 4-13 in the last 17 meetings. The favorite is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings.

I've been on the New York Islanders bandwagon for weeks now and while I'm not the type to panic after one game, it's hard to put game one out of your mind. The Lightning got anything and everything they wanted offensively, scoring at least two goals in all three periods. The Lightning have now won five straight games in these playoffs and six of the last nine meetings against the Islanders. The New York Islanders have now lost three of their last four games and are allowing an average of 4.25 goals during that stretch. There's a lot leaning in the direction of the Lightning winning game two of this series.

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Randy’s Pick Tampa Bay Lightning -170

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