New York Islanders Odds
The New York Islanders will compete in the conference finals for the first time since 1993 on Monday when they play Game 1 of the best-of-seven series versus the Tampa Bay Lightning in Edmonton.
Sixth-seeded New York dispatched Florida in four games during the Eastern Conference qualifying round, No. 3 seed Washington in five contests in the first round and top-seeded Philadelphia in seven games in the second for the right to play the second-seeded Lightning.
Josh Bailey, who leads the Islanders in assists (15) and points (17) in the postseason, joined captain Anders Lee in recording five points to help New York win two of three regular-season meetings with the Lightning. Anthony Beauvillier scored in New York’s 4-0 romp over Philadelphia on Saturday to boost his club-best goal total to eight in the playoffs.
Tampa Bay Lightning Odds
The well-rested Tampa Bay Lightning will begin play in the Eastern Conference finals for the fourth time in six seasons on Monday when they play Game 1 of the best-of-seven series against the sixth-seeded New York Islanders in Edmonton.
Tampa Bay avenged last year’s unceremonious sweep at the hands of Columbus by besting the Blue Jackets in five games during the first round before dismissing Boston in five games in the second. The second-seeded Lightning have been idle since last Monday, when they posted a 3-2 win over the Bruins in double overtime.
Star defenseman Victor Hedman provided the heroics in that encounter, scoring the winner to boost his point total to six (four goals, two assists) in his last five games.
Islanders vs. Lightning Betting Pick for Game 1
While Philadelphia struggled mightily to score goals in the second round, that likely will not be the case for a Tampa Bay team that led the league in average goals per game (3.47) during the regular season. New York, however, is the highest-scoring team (3.38) remaining in the playoffs, so don’t be surprised to see a fair amount of goals in this series.
Islanders vs. Lightning Betting Pick for Game 1: Islanders (+128), Lightning (-150)
Lightning 4, Islanders 3
Islanders vs. Lightning Best Bet for Game 1
Tampa Bay center Brayden Point, who leads the team in goals (six) and points (18) in these playoffs, carries a six-game point streak (two goals, nine assists) into the series opener. Point scored a goal and set up another in Tampa Bay’s 3-1 win over New York on Feb. 8, and likely will find the net again on Monday.
Islanders vs. Lightning Best Bet for Game 1: Brayden Point (+195) on scoring a goal for the Lightning