Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Islanders - 9/13/20 NHL Picks and Prediction

Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Islanders - 9/13/20 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning (55-25-6) at New York Islanders (47-27-13)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 3:00 pm (Rogers Place)

The Line: New York Islanders +130 / Tampa Bay Lightning -145 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The New York Islanders look for another victory to even up the series at 2-2. The New York Islanders are averaging 3.26 goals per game and are scoring on 15.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Anthony Beauvillier leads New York with nine goals, Josh Bailey has 17 assists and Anders Lee has 66 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.32 goals per game and are killing 78.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 38 goals on 439 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed six goals on 84 shots.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning look for a bounce back performance to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.25 goals per game and are scoring on 22.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Brayden Point leads Tampa Bay with eight goals, Nikita Kucherov has 17 assists and Victor Hedman has 50 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.38 goals per game and are killing 83.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 36 goals on 505 shots faced.

The Lightning are 4-1 in their last 5 playoff games as a favorite, 35-16 in their last 51 games as a favorite and 38-14 in their last 52 overall. The Islanders are 13-3 in their last 16 Sunday games, 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-14 in their last 19 games as an underdog. The Lightning are 14-5 in the last 19 meetings. The favorite is 18-8 in the last 26 meetings. The home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.

The New York Islanders finally found their offensive rhythm in game three and being able to win the game in the third period after the Lightning made a big comeback should do a lot for this team moving forward. I've said in the past that the Islanders have been one of the more impressive teams in the bubble overall, and they're back in this series while they haven't really put together a great defensive game yet. That has to come at some point. I'll take the Islanders and the plus money again as they even up this series at two apiece. 

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Randy’s Pick New York Islanders +130

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