New York Islanders at Tampa Bay Lightning - 9/15/20 NHL Picks and Prediction

New York Islanders at Tampa Bay Lightning - 9/15/20 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

New York Islanders (47-28-13) at Tampa Bay Lightning (56-25-6)

NHL Hockey: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Rogers Place)

The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -165 / New York Islanders +145 --- Over/Under: 5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The New York Islanders need a win here to save their season and force a game six on Thursday. The New York Islanders are averaging 3.15 goals per game and are scoring on 15.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Anthony Beauvillier leads New York with nine goals, Josh Bailey has 18 assists and Anders Lee has 68 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 79.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 41 goals on 474 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed six goals on 84 shots.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning will advance to their first Stanley Cup Final for the first time since the 2014-15 season with a victory here. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.29 goals per game and are scoring on 20.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Brayden Point leads Tampa Bay with nine goals, Nikita Kucherov has 19 assists and Ondrej Palat has 55 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.29 goals per game and are killing 83.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 37 goals on 532 shots faced.

The Islanders are 1-5 in their last 6 Tuesday games, 1-4 in their last 5 games as an underdog and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Lightning are 5-1 in their last 6 playoff games as a favorite, 36-16 in their last 52 games as a favorite and 39-14 in their last 53 overall. The under is 9-4 in Lightning last 13 games following a win. The Islanders are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Tampa Bay and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings.

I've been backing the New York Islanders for much of these playoffs and tried a few times to make a case for them in this series, but it's just not working out. The Tampa Bay Lightning have consistently proven they're the better team, and they're coming off their best performance yet in a game four victory where they scored four unanswered goals and had double-digit shots on goal in every period. I still don't think the Islanders have played their best hockey in this series yet, but it might be too late. The Tampa Bay Lightning close this thing out based on what we've seen up to this point.

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Randy’s Pick Tampa Bay Lightning -165

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