New York Islanders (50-29-10) at Tampa Bay Lightning (50-33-5)
|Date & Time||Saturday April 30, 2016, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -135 / New York Islanders +122 --- Over/Under: 5
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The New York Islanders look to steal both games on the road to start the series as they play game two against the Lightning in Tampa Bay on Saturday.
The Islanders rode some steady momentum from their game seven win against the Panthers last week into their first game of the second round with the Bolts as they scored early and often and held on for a 5-3 win to steak home ice advantage. New York is a very good team that hit a lull down the stretch and many thought they would be ousted from the first round after facing off with the Atlantic champs from Florida but it looks like their late season swoon to avoid the Metro bracket has worked wonders as they have to be the favourite in this series at the moment. Thomas Greiss continues to get the look in the New York crease as he will face off against Ben Bishop who counters for the Lightning.
Tampa Bay meanwhile was caught off guard by the New York attack as Bishop was peppered for five goals and will be out for a rebound effort tonight as the Lightning need to find a way to even the score here. Tampa made quick work of a very underwhelming Detroit Red Wings side and coasted in five games but now they have their work cut out for them despite having home ice advantage as they face one of the league’s best players in John Tavares who has been lights out so far in these playoffs. However, the Bolts are a resilient bunch and have one of the league’s best goaltenders and now that they have had time to get re-acclimated and with a strong finish to game one I think they Bolts get the best of the Isles here sand even the score.