Islanders at Lightning Game 5 - 5/8/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Islanders (50-30-12) at Tampa Bay Lightning (53-33-5)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 3:00 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -165 / New York Islanders +145 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Sunday afternoon for game five at the Amalie Arena.
The New York Islanders need a victory here in order to force a game six on Tuesday night. 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 six goals, Kyle Okposo has six assists and Frans Nielsen has 24 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 26 goals on 363 shots faced and Jean-Francois Berube has given up zero goals on two shots. Greiss has given up 10 goals in his last three games.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning can advance to their second straight Eastern Conference Final with a victory. 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 eight goals, Tyler Johnson has eight assists and Victor Hedman has 30 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 18 goals on 260 shots faced and Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up zero goals on eight shots. Bishop has given up six goals in his last three games.
The Islanders are 6-2 in their last 8 road games and 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest. The Lightning are 16-5 in their last 21 Conference Semifinals games and 7-3 in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest. The over is 4-1-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Lightning have simply domainted the Islanders in this series and have clearly shown they're not only the more talented team but also the more playoff experienced. Tampa Bay doesn't want to go back to New York, and the Lightning have won 65 of their last 96 home games. Look for the Lightning to make another ECF trip.