New York Islanders Odds
The upstart New York Islanders take on the high-octane offense of the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday when they play Game 2 of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals in Edmonton.
New York was pierced early and often in an 8-2 series-opening setback on Monday, matching the franchise record for goals allowed in a playoff game set in an 8-3 loss to Philadelphia in Game 2 of the 1980 Stanley Cup Final.
Jordan Eberle scored in the first period to extend his point streak to four games (one goal, three assists) while his assist on defenseman Nick Leddy’s goal boosted his point total to eight (one goal, seven assists) in his last eight contests.
Tampa Bay Lightning Odds
The Tampa Bay Lightning bid to follow up their scoring binge in the series opener when they play Game 2 of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals against the New York Islanders on Wednesday in Edmonton.
Brayden Point (two goals, three assists) and reigning Hart Trophy recipient Nikita Kucherov (one goal, four assists) recorded five points apiece on Monday in Tampa Bay’s 8-2 romp over New York. Point has scored four goals and set up 12 others during his seven-game point streak, while Kucherov has 16 assists this postseason to set the franchise record.
The eight goals scored matched a postseason franchise record for Tampa Bay.
Islanders vs. Lightning Betting Pick for Game 2
Tampa Bay has emerged victorious in eight of its last nine contests, a stretch that includes outscoring the opposition by a 25-9 margin during its current five-game winning streak.
Reigning Vezina Trophy recipient Andrei Vasilevskiy has yielded two goals or fewer in four straight outings and nine times overall this postseason. Long story short, it’s hard to bet against the Lightning right now.
Islanders vs. Lightning Betting Pick for Game 2: Islanders (+145), Lightning (-175)
Lightning 4, Islanders 2
Islanders vs. Lightning Best Bet for Game 2
Tampa Bay forward Ondrej Palat is riding a franchise-record five-game postseason goal streak and has collected at least a point in six consecutive contests (six goals, two assists). Expect his stellar run to continue on Wednesday.
Islanders vs. Lightning Best Bet for Game 2: Palat (+185) on scoring a goal for the Lightning.