Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Islanders - 6/19/21 NHL Picks and Predictions
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New York Islanders (32-17-7) vs Tampa Bay Lightning (36-17-3)
Game Info: Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Nassau Coliseum)
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The Tampa Bay Lightning face the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum for Game Four of the Stanley Cup Semifinals on Saturday, June 19th, 2021. The Tampa Bay Lightning currently lead the series two games to one.
The Tampa Bay Lightning gave the New York Islanders a strong taste of their own medicine in game three of this series, as the Bolts earned a 2-1 victory on the road. Tampa Bay may not have had a plethora of scoring opportunities, but the Lightning did what they have done all season, took advantage of key scoring chances. Yanni Gourde and Brayden Point were the goal scorers for the Lightning in game three and the Bolts have now won the last two games of this series to take a 2-1 lead on the Isles. Tampa Bay's Vezina Trophy Finalist goaltender in Andrei Vasilevskiy has been nothing short of sensational in the postseason. Vasilesvskiy leads all goaltenders with 18.6 goals saved above expected. There is no doubt that Vassy is the most talented goaltender in the league, and he has certainly put on a show during the 2021 playoffs.
The New York Islanders did not play too poorly in game three of this series according to advanced analytics. The Islanders had 2.95 expected goals in the loss while the Lightning only had 1.51. This goes back to what was mentioned before, the Lightning were able to take advantage of their few chances while the Islanders did not. In fact, the only goal the Islanders scored on Thursday night was an own-goal by Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak who tried to push the puck to his goaltender but accidentally pushed it in the net. The Islanders will be in desperation mode on Saturday, as it could very well be the final game at the Nassau Coliseum. I expect the crowd to be just as rowdy as we have seen it before in these playoffs, which should boost the team's energy on the ice as well.
This series has been very tight and although the defending champs look to be on their way to another Cup Final, I am not ready to write off the Isles quite yet. The Islanders have played well enough to be in a 2-2 series tie after the first four games and I think we get tremendous value with New York at home getting plus money. I will take the team that has been better by the numbers and look forward to a great ending to this series.