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Islanders at Lightning Game 1 - 4/27/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Islanders at Lightning

NHL Hockey: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)

The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning / New York Islanders --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: NBCSN

The New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning begin their seven-game series Wednesday night at the Amalie Arena.

The New York Islanders are coming off a long, tiring six-game series against the Florida Panthers. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 18.3 percent of their power plays. John Tavares leads New York with five goals, Kyle Okposo has five assists and Frans Nielsen has 16 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 84.5 percent of their power play chances. Thomas Greiss has allowed 13 goals on 234 shots faced. Greiss has given up four goals in his last three games.

Islanders at Lightning Game 1 - 4/27/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Tampa Bay Lightning are coming off a quick and painless five-game series over the Detroit Red Wings. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 15.8 percent of their power plays. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with five goals, Tyler Johnson has five assists and Alexander Killorn has 10 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84 percent of their power play chances. Ben Bishop has allowed eight goals on 160 shots faced. Bishop has given up four goals in his last three games.

The Islanders are 2-6 in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest and 5-1 in their last 6 road games. The Lightning are 12-2 in their last 14 Conference Semifinals games and 64-30 in their last 94 home games. The home team is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.

The Lightning have had a ton of rest to prepare for this series while the Islanders are fresh off an extremely physical series with the Panthers that ended with two straight double overtime games. Tampa Bay should have the huge advantage in game one at home. Give me Tampa Bay to strike first blood. 

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