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

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 8:00 pm

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At 8:10 pm, our selection is on the Tampa Bay Lightning over the New York Islanders.  Before the season, we tabbed Tampa Bay as our Futures pick to win the Stanley Cup (at 7-1 odds).  And it was one of my two favorite Futures picks over the last 20 years (the other was my pick on Virginia in College Basketball at 22-1 odds, which won in 2019).  After a dominating 4-1 victory in Game 4, the Tampa Bay Lightning are one win away from their first Stanley Cup Finals in five years.  It seems as if there's little the Islanders can do at this point to stop the Bolts, especially considering that no matter how well goalie Semyon Varlamov plays, Tampa's Andrei Vasilevskiy is just that much better.  Simply put, Vasilevskiy is the best net-minder in the world right now and it's really not close.  Not that they needed any more help, but the Lightning got the services of Brayden Point back in Game 4.  However they used him somewhat sparingly and it would show the Isles how confident they are if they didn't even put their talented forward on the ice tonight in an effort to ensure that he's 100% healthy for the Cup Finals.  Tampa feeds off of dominant victories like the one it had in Game 4.  The Bolts are 47-16 (+21 games on the moneyline) in their last 63 games after allowing one goal or less in their previous game.  And they're also not prone to letdowns, as they're 119-64 (+14 games on the moneyline) off a win.  And they're 11-4 when leading in a Playoff series.  Take Tampa Bay.  As always, good luck...Al McMordie.

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