Tampa Bay Lightning (52-33-5) at New York Islanders (50-30-11)
|Date & Time||Friday May 6, 2016, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: New York Islanders -110 / Tampa Bay Lightning -110 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Lightning look to take a commanding 3-1 series lead back to Tampa Bay as they face off against the Islanders in New York on Friday night.
The Lightning netted a huge victory in a pivotal game three show down at the Barclay’s Center on Tuesday night and they will look to build on that momentum into their second meeting in Brooklyn of this season. Tampa has answered the bell during these playoffs and have silenced the critics who gave them no shot at advancing without Steven Stamkos in the lineup, and not only did they outlast the Red Wings in the first round they have taken back home ice advantage in this series and could very well get back to the Eastern Conference final with wins in their next two outings. Ben Bishop continues to be a force in the Tampa Bay crease as he will face off against Thomas Greiss who has taken over as the team’s starter and filled in admirably in the absence of Jaroslav Halak.
The Islanders meanwhile face a virtual must win in this game as they can ill afford going back to Tampa facing a 3-1 series deficit and be forced to win three games in a row against a solid Lightning side. New York has the best player in this series in John Tavares and he has been Captain Clutch for them in these playoffs so we can expect him to have a huge game in this one and while it isn’t quite life or death now the Isles are aware that losing both games on home ice would be a nightmare to deal with. As such, I do think the Islanders show up here on home ice and hand the Lightning a loss as the teams head back to Florida on even terms and set up a race to the finish.