Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Islanders - 9/11/20 NHL Picks and Prediction

Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Islanders - 9/11/20 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Gerry Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning (55-24-6) at New York Islanders (46-27-13)

NHL Hockey: Friday, September 11, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Rogers Place)

The Line: New York Islanders +135 / Tampa Bay Lightning -153 --- Over/Under: 5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The New York Islanders need a victory here to get back in the series after back to back losses. The New York Islanders are averaging 3.17 goals per game and are scoring on 16.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Anthony Beauvillier leads New York with eight goals, Josh Bailey has 15 assists and Anders Lee has 63 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.28 goals per game and are killing 79.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 35 goals on 402 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed six goals on 84 shots.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning can all but put this series to bed with a victory and a 3-0 lead. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.27 goals per game and are scoring on 20.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Brayden Point leads Tampa Bay with eight goals, Nikita Kucherov has 16 assists and Victor Hedman has 49 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.20 goals per game and are killing 82.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 32 goals on 470 shots faced.

The Lightning are 4-0 in their last 4 playoff games as a favorite, 36-16 in their last 52 games as a favorite and 38-13 in their last 51 overall. The Islanders are 4-14 in their last 18 games as an underdog, 5-1 in their last 6 Friday games and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The under is 10-4-2 in Lightning last 16 overall. The over is 6-1 in Islanders last 7 Friday games. The Lightning are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in New York and 14-4 in the last 18 meetings.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have easily been the better team in the first two games of this series and are tough to bet against when they get in one of these grooves. The Lightning have also won seven of the last 10 meetings against the Islanders. Still, the New York Islanders are a solid team that's better than what they've shown so far in this series and it's hard seeing such a well coached team continue to get beat up and fall down 0-3 in this series. If we're going to get the Islanders best shot, this would be it.

I'll take a stab with the Islanders and the plus money.

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Randy’s Pick New York Islanders +135

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