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Lightning Looking to Advance Past Isles

Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Islanders Preview

The Tampa Bay Lightning are hoping to follow the Dallas Stars to the Stanley Cup Final on Tuesday by clinching the Eastern Conference final in Game 5 as favorites for the fifth straight time in this series against the New York Islanders.

New York Islanders vs Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Date/Time: September 15, 8 p.m. ET
  • Arena: Rogers Place
  • TV Coverage: NBCSN
  • Opening Odds: Lightning -167 | O/U 5 (Line History)
  • Islanders vs Lightning Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

The betting public continues to back the Lightning as solid favorites to win the Stanley Cup, and they certainly look like they have simply too much offense for the Islanders to handle. New York has given up two goals or more to Tampa Bay in each of the first four games and scored more than two only once, which came in a 5-3 victory in Game 3. The Lightning are 2-0 in clinching opportunities so far this postseason, and bettors believe they will improve to 3-0 in this spot with a shot at the Cup within reach.

New York News & Notes

Does New York have what it takes to extend this series, or will this team go the way of the Vegas Golden Knights and head home for the rest of the season? That is a key question to ask as a bettor since it is obviously extremely difficult to battle back from a 3-1 deficit, and the overwhelming task at hand can be very tough to realistically overcome. That said, the Islanders are an extremely well-coached club, and they have been close to making this a competitive series on multiple occasions.

They held 1-0 leads in Games 2 and 4 before seeing their opponent battle back and take control each time. New York ideally would score first for the fourth consecutive time and then lock down defensively behind whoever is between the pipes, whether it be Semyon Varlamov or Thomas Greiss.

Tampa Bay News & Notes

Tampa Bay needs to be careful not to look ahead to facing Dallas for the Cup, but that should not be an issue for this team. The Lightning are also well-coached and have been in situations like this before recently, blowing a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference final to the Washington Capitals just two years ago. Washington went on to hoist the Cup that year, and Tampa Bay lost in the first round of the playoffs the next season despite winning the Presidents’ Trophy.

This is the Lightning’s time to get back, and head coach Jon Cooper will undoubtedly encourage his players to seize the moment in this situation. It also helps that they have a veteran like Patrick Maroon who won the Cup with the St. Louis Blues last year and another in Kevin Shattenkirk who is hungry to win his first.

Betting Pick: Lightning -170

It might be hard to lay this kind of chalk, but Tampa Bay will not mess around and wants to get this series over as soon as possible knowing an opponent is already waiting. The Lightning own the Islanders in winning 15 of the past 20 meetings and have also been victorious nine of the last 10 times they have been favorites. Take the Bolts to move on.

Shark Bites
  • The Lightning are 15-5 in the past 20 meetings with the Islanders.
  • The Lightning are 9-1 in their last 10 games as favorites.
  • The Islanders are 5-14 in their last 19 games as underdogs.