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Lightning at Stars Betting Preview: Lightning (-175), Stars (+148)

Tampa Bay Lightning

The Lightning look to ride the emotional lift of the all-too-brief return of captain Steven Stamkos into Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. Stamkos, having recovered from a lower-body injury and playing in his first game since Feb. 25, scored on his first shot of the 2020 postseason to propel Tampa Bay to a 5-2 victory in Game 3 on Wednesday. Stamkos’ availability for Friday is unknown.

The inspired Lightning reside two wins shy of their second Stanley Cup title in franchise history (2004). Tampa Bay holds an all-time record of 10-3 when holding a 2-1 advantage in a best-of-seven series.

Victor Hedman highlighted his three-point performance by netting his 10th goal of the postseason in Game 3. Only Hall of Famers Paul Coffey (12, 1985) and Brian Leetch (11, 1994) scoring more among defensemen in one playoff year. Former Hart Trophy recipient Nikita Kucherov recorded his second straight two-point performance by scoring and setting up a goal Wednesday to boost his NHL-leading playoff totals in assists (23) and points (30).

Dallas Stars

The Stars aim to rebound after losing consecutive contests for the first time since falling to Colorado in Games 5 and 6 of the Western Conference semifinals. Dallas would be wise to play with more discipline, as the club wound up short-handed four times in Game 3and surrendered one power-play goal.

The Stars are struggling to find offense from their top-tier forwards, with Tyler Seguin having just an assist for his lone point in his past 12 games. Alexander Radulov was whistled for two bad penalties before exiting the game midway into the third period after crashing shoulder-first into the end boards.

Anton Khudobin was pulled for the second time this postseason after yielding five goals on 29 shots through two periods. The 34-year-old responded from his early exit versus Vegas in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals by allowing just six goals over his next four starts — all wins.

Lightning at Stars Betting Pick for Game 4

Dallas defenseman Miro Heiskanen is enjoying sizzling postseason, but he endured an unfortunate moment on Wednesday after he lost his edge and fell to the ice to send Kucherov in on a breakaway. Tampa Bay’s star forward made no mistake and scored the opening goal.

The early advantage has paid dividends for the Lightning, who are a sterling 11-1 when scoring the first goal of the postseason. The Stars already are back on their heels, and another slow start on Friday would push them to the brink of elimination.

Lightning at Stars Betting Pick:

Lightning 4, Stars 2

Lightning at Stars Best Bet for Game 4

Tampa Bay’s Brayden Point converted a three-on-one rush to record his NHL-leading 11th goal of the postseason and second in as many games Wednesday. Teammates Ondrej Palat, who also has scored in back-to-back contests, and Kucherov joined Point in scoring and setting up a goal in Game 3. The Lightning’s top-tier players look to have found their mojo, and that often spells a busy night for the scoreboard operator.

Lightning at Stars Best Bet: OVER 5 total goals (-137)

–Field Level Media


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Tampa Bay Lightning

The Lightning look for another fast start in Game 3 on Wednesday in a bid to take a series lead in the Stanley Cup Final. Tampa Bay opened the scoring for the first time in seven contests when its quick-strike offense tallied three times in a span of 3:53 in the first period en route to a 3-2 victory.

Two of the Lightning’s three goals were scored on the power play, a welcome sight considering the team mustered just 24 shots while failing on its previous 15 opportunities with the man advantage. The early advantage — Tampa Bay’s first since scoring the opening goal in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals versus the New York Islanders — helped take Dallas out of its vaunted defensive-style game.

Hart Trophy recipient Nikita Kucherov set up a pair of goals to record his seventh multi-point performance of this postseason and 25th in his playoff career to surpass Hockey Hall of Famer Martin St. Louis (24) for the franchise record. Kucherov’s 28 points are two more than Brad Richards for the most in one single playoff year in franchise history, passing Brad Richards’ total of 26 set in the Lightning’s run to the Stanley Cup title in 2004.

Dallas Stars

Joe Pavelski is showing no signs of slowing down as the veteran scored for the club-best 10th time to reside one shy of Hall of Famer Maurice Richard’s total for goals in a playoff year at age 36 or older, set in 1958. Pavelski’s 58 goals are tied with franchise icon Mike Modano for the second-most among U.S.-born players, trailing only Joe Mullen (60).

John Klingberg set up a pair of goals to boost his assist total to six in his last four games and overall point total to 19, four shy of fellow defenseman Miro Heiskanen for the team lead. The Stars’ blueliners have collected 60 points, tied for seventh-most in NHL history for a single postseason.

Anton Khudobin rebounded from a shaky start to turn aside 28 of 31 shots, although the three goals allowed marked his most since Game 2 of the Western Conference finals versus Vegas. Khudobin, 34, answered that contest by making 38 saves in a 3-2 overtime win to help Dallas take control of that series.

Stars at Lightning Betting Pick for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup

Tampa Bay is following the script of its previous two Stanley Cup Final appearances, as it answered a Game 1 loss with a Game 2 victory. The Lightning, however, received two different results in Game 3, getting shut out in the 2004 series versus Calgary while posting a 3-2 win over Chicago in 2015.

Defenseman Victor Hedman set up a pair of goals in that contest versus the Blackhawks and is coming off a two-assist performance in Game 2 on Monday. Look for Hedman to continue his stellar postseason and help the Lightning take the series lead on Wednesday.

Lightning at Stars Betting Pick:

Lightning 3, Stars 1

Stars at Lightning Best Bet

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves on Monday to improve to 6-0 in games following a loss in the postseason. The former Vezina Trophy recipient’s unbeaten record in that regard is just one shy of former Lightning netminder Nikolai Khabibulin’s mark, set in 2004.

Vasilevskiy will follow up that strong performance with another one, while Khudobin will return to his form in this postseason to make it a tight affair in Game 3.

Stars at Lightning Best Bet: UNDER 5 total goals (+132)

–Field Level Media

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New York lives to fight another day, but how long can they last?

The Islanders played their best game of the series the other night when they beat the Lightning 2-1 in double overtime to stave off elimination. It was the perfect execution of Barry Trotz’s defensive gameplan. The star of the game was Semyon Varlamov who recorded 36 saves on 37 shot attempts for a save percentage of .973. The hero of the game was Jordan Eberle. In the second overtime, Anders Lee was able to steal the puck away from Kevin Shattenkirk after he whiffed on a pass. Then, Lee had a breakaway. He saw two defenders coming his way so he dished the puck to Eberle who was rocketing towards the goal. After that, nothing but net (puts on pair of sunglasses). The score gave the Isles the win and helped them remain alive in the hunt for the Stanley Cup. I don’t think this series is over just yet folks.

I have to say, the Islanders have gotten progressively better as this series has gone on. Let’s be honest, New York had the worst possible Game One they could have hoped for after losing 8-2 back on September 7th. The team showed clear improvement in Game Two by holding Tampa to just two goals, but the end result was still the same. Then, the Isles showed some life in Game Three, beating the Lightning 5-3. Sure, they took a step back in Game Four, but they didn’t feel sorry for themselves and give up. Instead, they went out and played their best game of the series last night. Now, the Islanders have a little momentum (I mean, did you see that team celebration after Eberle’s goal?). With that in mind, I’m not ready to count out the Isles just yet.

I don’t want to take anything away from New York’s victory. HOWEVER, Brayden Point did not play in Game Five. If you have read any of my previous articles (which, if you have, thank you), you know I think Brayden Point is the best candidate for the Conn Smythe Trophy if the Lightning end up winning the Cup. The third-year Center has recorded nine goals and 16 assists in 16 postseason games for a total of 25 points. It’s clear that the Lightning were a different team without him on the ice. According to ESPN, Head Coach Jon Cooper said it’s too early to determine if Point will be available for Game Six. Point is clearly hurt, so it’ll be interesting to see how effective he can be if he does end up playing Thursday night. If Point is not able to go, then I definitely like the Isles’ chances.

Both teams come into Game Six fairly evenly matched up to this point in the series. The Isles and the Lightning have both recorded 13 wins in the Stanley Cup Playoffs this postseason. New York is first in goals scored this postseason while the Bolts rank fifth. In fact, the Isles average 3.10 goals per game while the Lightning average 3.17. Furthermore, they’re both defensively stout. Tampa and New York are third and fourth respectively in goals allowed per game this postseason. Both of these franchises are deserving of a spot in the Stanley Cup Finals, regardless of what the first game of the series looked like.

Semyon Varlamov may be in Tampa’s head right now. He’s been brilliant this postseason, allowing just 2.17 goals per game in 18 starts. Even when he has lost, he has been effective, giving up fewer than four goals a game. I think with Point uncertain and Varlamov hot, I have to go with New York in this one. I still believe Tampa will advance, but I also think the Isles will force a Game Seven.

Islanders 3 – Lightning 2

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Tampa looks to close out the series tonight as they are favored coming into this game

Well, this is it. This is where it all ends. After a remarkable postseason run, the Islanders will run out of magic tonight. I mean, the series isn’t over until it’s over, but I think New York has too big a mountain to climb if they want to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Even with the suspension of Alex Killorn and the questionable status of Brayden Point, I still think Tampa downs the Isles this evening.

Game Three was clearly New York’s best showing in the Eastern Conference finals up to this point. The Isles’ offense exploded for five goals despite being limited to just three in the previous two games. The Islanders finished the first period of Game Three tied 1-1, but they went on to score two goals in the second to take a 3-1 lead into the third period. It was there that the Lightning scored two goals to tie things up with a little under eight minutes remaining in the game. In previous matchups, the Isles would have folded like a house of cards, but something was different on Friday. Instead of settling for overtime, Brock Nelson would score his eighth goal of the postseason to break the tie with about 3:30 remaining in the game. It was smooth sailing from there as the Isles would go on to score an empty-net goal, securing the 5-3 victory.

I hoped that the Game Three victory would be enough to spark a comeback in the series. Unfortunately, that was not the case for New York. In Game Four, the Lightning picked up right where they had left off in Game Two. After a scoreless first period, Brock Nelson would find the back of the net to give the Isles a 1-0 lead. From there, it was all Tampa all the way through. The Lightning would score four unanswered goals on their way to the 4-1 victory. Tampa now leads the series three games to one as the franchise looks to advance to its third Stanley Cup Finals appearance tonight.

I am not saying it is a foregone conclusion that the Lightning win today. In fact, you could even make the case that the Isles could be favored due to some key Tampa players being limited. As I mentioned before, Alex Killorn is suspended for Game Five. More importantly, though, Brayden Point is questionable to play tonight as he is listed day-to-day with an injury. Tampa will likely be able to survive Killorn’s absence. The 31-year-old Center only has seven points in 16 playoff games and has registered a +/- of -3 so far this postseason. However, if Brayden Point is unable to go, the Lightning could be in some trouble. Brayden is tied with Nikita Kucherov for the most points recorded by a Tampa player this postseason with 25 in 16 games. If he is unable to go, then I could see this game going either way. If Brayden Point is able to play though, then I sense it’s going to be curtains for the Isles.

The problem with the Islanders is their scoring has been way down this round. The Isles have averaged 1.3 goals per game in losses to the Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals. That is way down from their previous series where they were scoring 3.4 goals per game against the Flyers. The Islanders’ lack of scoring is not from any lack of effort or trying. The team has just run into a brick wall in Andrei Vasilevskiy. The Russian goalie has the best Goals Allowed Average of all players remaining in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Furthermore, his .930 save percentage is the second-highest amongst all goalies that have played in at least ten games this postseason. I expect “Vassy” to take care of business once again tonight.

I have said this time and time again. The Islanders are not a bad hockey team. The problem is that the Lightning are a tremendous Hockey team. If New York had drawn the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Finals, then I would have probably picked the Isles to advance to the Stanley Cup. Alas, fate stood in the way. The Tampa Bay Lightning are a team of destiny. They are about to pull a Virginia University (losing as the best team one year and then turning around to win the Championship next year). This is not going to be a series that the Islanders lose. This is going to be a series that the Tampa Bay Lightning win. I think the Bolts book their ticket to the Stanley Cup tonight. Sorry Isles fans. The dream ends here.

Lightning 4 – Islanders 3

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New York Islanders

The Islanders dropped a 4-1 decision in Game 4 on Sunday to find themselves pushed to the brink of elimination in the Eastern Conference finals. New York owns a 2-12 all-time record when facing a 3-1 deficit in a best-of-seven series, with its most recent success in such a hole occurring when they rallied past the Washington Capitals in 1987.

Brock Nelson has scored in back-to-back games to boost his goal total to nine, tying Anthony Beauvillier for the team lead. Josh Bailey set up the goal to lift his club-best totals in assists (18) and points (20), with his assist total trailing only Bryan Trottier (23, 1982) and Bob Bourne (20, 1983) in franchise history.

The Islanders need more out of their power play, which went 0-for-3 in Game 4 to drop to 1-for-14 with the man advantage in the series. However, New York has been outscored 8-3 by Tampa Bay in the third period of games during the series.

Tampa Bay Lightning

With a win on Tuesday, the Lightning would punch their ticket to the Stanley Cup Final for the third time in franchise history and first time since 2015. Tampa Bay sports an 8-0 all-time record when holding a 3-1 lead in a best-of-seven series, including seven instances in which it clinched the set in Game 5.

The Lightning struck quickly with four unanswered goals — including two in a 12-second span — on Sunday to record their seventh win in eight contests. Ondrej Palat capped the 12-second surge with his eighth goal in his last eight games.

Brayden Point (one goal, one assist) returned from a one-game absence and joined reigning Hart Trophy recipient Nikita Kucherov (two assists) with multi-point performances on Sunday. The top-line players each have 25 points in the playoffs to move within one of tying Brad Richards’ single-season franchise postseason record, which was set during Tampa Bay’s run to the Stanley Cup title in 2004.

Islanders at Lightning Betting Pick for September 15, 2020

The Lightning have been intent on righting a wrong since being unceremoniously swept by Columbus in the first round of last year’s playoffs. Andrei Vasilevskiy, in particular, felt the sting after posting an .856 save percentage and 3.82 goals-against average in that series.

The reigning Vezina Trophy recipient has turned the tables in 2020, notching a 1.93 GAA and .930 save percentage while posting a 13-4 playoff record. Look for Vasilevskiy to continue his stellar play on Tuesday.

Islanders at Lightning Betting Pick: Lightning 5, Islanders 2

Islanders at Lightning Best Bet for September 15, 2020

Point and Kucherov joined Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon with an NHL-best 25 points. Point, however, could be another game-time call after he missed the latter half of the third period on Sunday following a hit by Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech.

Point also captured seven of 10 faceoff opportunities for Tampa Bay, which won 62 percent of the draws in Game 4. In simplest terms, puck possession and dictating pace of play tend to go a long way in terms of offensive production for the Lightning.

Islanders at Lightning Best Bet: OVER 5.5 total goals (+112)

–Field Level Media

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Dallas Stars Odds

The third-seeded Stars can punch their ticket to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2000 with a win in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. The Dallas/Minnesota North Stars franchise sports an 11-1 record in best-of-seven series when it holds a 3-1 lead, a result that includes its recent second-round win over Colorado.

Captain Jamie Benn notched his team-high fourth point of this series after scoring a power-play goal late in the second period of Dallas’ 2-1 win in Game 4 on Saturday. Joe Pavelski scored for his club-best ninth goal of the postseason and 57th of his career in the playoffs, with only Hall of Famers Doug Gilmour (60) and Luc Robitaille (58) accumulating more by players drafted in the seventh round or later.

Anton Khudobin recorded his NHL-best eighth performance with at least 30 saves in the playoffs on Saturday when he turned aside 32 shots. The 34-year-old, who made 25 saves in a 1-0 shutout in the series opener, has yielded only six goals on 125 shots versus Vegas in the set for a .952 save percentage.

Vegas Golden Knights Odds

Vegas needs to cash in on its power-play opportunities, with the club going 1-for-5 in Game 4 — including failing to convert on a 5-on-3 during a 1:10 sequence late in the third period. The top-seeded Golden Knights are 3-for-19 on the power play in the series.

Defenseman Alec Martinez, who knows a thing or two about scoring important goals, netted his second of this postseason and his eighth of his playoff career on Saturday. Martinez clinched Los Angeles’ second Stanley Cup title in franchise history by scoring in double overtime in Game 5 versus the New York Rangers in 2014.

The Golden Knights have outshot the Stars by a 130-92 margin in the series, including 33-20 in Game 4. Jonathan Marchessault registered a club-high five shots on goal Saturday, but has just one point — an assist — in the series.

Stars at Golden Knights Betting Pick for Game 5

Dallas has proven itself to be resilient by posting an NHL-best five wins in the playoffs after surrendering the game’s first goal. The Stars, however, are playing with fire considering the decided deficit in terms of shots on goal.

The Golden Knights have also proven themselves to be resilient during their relatively short time in the league, and they’ll come through in the clutch on Monday to extend the series.

Stars at Golden Knights Betting Pick: Stars (+160), Golden Knights (+186)

Golden Knights 3, Stars 2

Stars at Golden Knights Best Bet for Game 5

Dallas’ game plan to keep the majority of Vegas’ shots from the perimeter has paid dividends thus far, with Khudobin routinely keeping the Golden Knights at bay.

The attention to detail on the defensive side is reason enough to take the under in this game.

Stars at Golden Knights Best Bet: UNDER 5.5 total goals (-143)

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Tampa Bay Lightning Odds 

The second-seeded Lightning hope the return of one — and perhaps two — of their stars will 

provide their team a jolt on Sunday afternoon when they play Game 4 of the Eastern 

Conference finals.  

Alex Killorn boarded New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson in Tampa 

Bay’s 2-1 victory in Game 2 to earn a one-game suspension, which he served in Friday’s 5-3 

loss. The setback trimmed the Lightning’s lead to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. 

While the return of Killorn is a certainty, the availability of Brayden Point is very much in 

question after the Lightning forward exited Wednesday’s contest with an undisclosed injury and 

sat out Game 3 just two days later. Point’s eight goals lead the club in the postseason, while his 

23 points are tied with reigning Hart Trophy recipient Nikita Kucherov. 

Point and Kucherov’s postseason point totals are just one shy of Hall of Famer Martin St. Louis 

and three behind the franchise record set by Brad Richards in 2004. Kucherov has two goals 

and five assists in this series. 

New York Islanders Odds 

Nelson recorded his first points of the series after setting up Anthony Beauvillier’s team-leading 

ninth goal in the second period on Friday before scoring the go-ahead tally with 3:25 remaining 

in the third.  

Coming through in the clutch is nothing new for Nelson, who has tied a team high 

with his three game-winning goals in the playoffs after posting a career-best five in the regular 

season. 

Josh Bailey boosted his team-leading totals in assists (17) and points (19) after setting up a pair 

of goals on Friday to notch his seventh multi-point performance of the postseason for the 

sixth-seeded Islanders.  

Semyon Varlamov made 34 saves to record his 10th win, becoming the 

second member of the franchise (Hall of Famer Billy Smith, five times) to reach double-digit 

victories in the playoffs. 

While Nelson, Beauvillier and Bailey provided positives, New York’s sputtering power play has 

done the team few favors of late. The Islanders are just 1-for-15 with the man advantage in the 

last four games. 

Lightning at Islanders Betting Pick

Reigning Vezina Trophy recipient Andrei Vasilevskiy surrendered four goals on 35 shots Friday, 

a staggering total considering he allowed just 10 during the Lightning’s six-game winning streak. 

Tampa Bay has also received offensive production from its defensemen in all 11 playoff games, 

totaling 37 points (11 goals, 26 assists). 

Lightning at Islanders Betting Pick: Lightning (-127), Islanders (+110) 

Lightning 5, Islanders 2 

Lightning at Islanders Best Bet

Tampa Bay converted its lone power-play opportunity on Friday following an early third-period 

goal by Ondrej Palat, who has seven goals in his last seven games. The Lightning have scored 

four times with the man advantage in this series. 

That type of power surge is sure to keep the scoreboard operator busy. 

Lightning at Islanders Best Bet: OVER 5.5 total goals (-108) 

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Vegas Golden Knights Odds 

The Golden Knights look to shake off the sting of their overtime setback and even their Western Conference finals series at two wins apiece on Saturday. Mark Stone set up defenseman Shea Theodore’s goal and was later credited with one of his own in the third period of Vegas’ 3-2 overtime loss in Game 3 on Thursday. 

Theodore (seven goals, club-best 11 assists) and Stone (seven goals, 10 assists) are Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, in points for the Golden Knights. Theodore’s power-play goal in the third period served as his eighth point (three goals, five assists) with the man advantage in the playoffs. 

Robin Lehner answered back-to-back shutouts by turning aside 20 of 23 shots, however he was unable to deny Alexander Radulov early in overtime on Thursday. The 29-year-old Swede likely will be back in net and will bid for a similar response following his last defeat, as he turned aside all 14 shots he faced in a 3-0 victory versus Vancouver in Game 7 of the second round. 

Dallas Stars Odds 

Radulov scored 31 seconds into overtime in Thursday’s 3-2 win to give Dallas a 2-1 lead in best-of-seven Western Conference finals. Radulov has collected six goals, three assists and four power-play points (two goals, two assists) in his last 10 games. 

Captain Jamie Benn was paired with Radulov and Tyler Seguin on the top line for the first time since Game 6 of the second-round series versus Colorado. Benn recorded a goal and an assist on Thursday to boost his point total to 16 (six goals, 10 assists) in his last 16 games. 

Miro Heiskanen set up fellow defenseman Jamie Oleksiak’s goal late in the second period on Thursday for his 17th assist this postseason. Heiskanen’s total is one behind Hall of Famer Mike Modano (1999) and two in back of Brian Bellows for the franchise postseason record. 

Golden Knights at Stars Betting Pick for Game 4 

Anton Khudobin appears locked in during the playoffs, starting 16 contests and posting a 2.77 goals-against average and .915 save percentage. Khudobin registered a 25-save shutout in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals has turned aside 87 of 92 attempts in the series. 

Solving Khudobin has proven difficult this postseason, and another strong performance by the 34-year-old could move Dallas within one win of its first Stanley Cup Finals appearance since 2000. 

Golden Knights at Stars Betting Pick: Golden Knights (-162), Stars (+140) 

Stars 3, Golden Knights 1 

Golden Knights at Stars Best Bet 

The Golden Knights have scored just nine goals in their last six games overall, with five coming in the first three contests of this series. Max Pacioretty, who led the team in goals (32) and points (66) during the regular season, has just five and eight, respectively, in 14 games of the playoffs. 

In short, Vegas is struggling to cash in at that end of the ice. 

Golden Knights at Stars Best Bet: UNDER 5.5 total goals (-137)

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Islanders vs. Lightning Game Three Preview For 9/11/2020

Isles come into this one desperate for a win after a heartbreaker on Wednesday

The Game One loss the Islanders suffered was horrible. It was some of the worst hockey the team had played in years. However, I️ think you can make the case that New York’s loss in Game Two was way more devastating to the Isles’ psyche. After surrendering eight goals in the first game, the Islanders played lights out in Game Two, holding Tampa to one goal in 59 minutes of gameplay. Then, disaster struck. With ten seconds left in regulation, Ryan McDonagh rifled a pass to Nikita Kucherov who was able to get the puck past Semyon Varlamov for a goal, giving the Lightning a 2-1 lead with about nine seconds left in the game. There would be no miracle for New York as Tampa would take home the 2-1 victory. I️ cannot emphasize enough how deflating that loss was. Here was a team that allowed eight goals in 60 minutes their last time out, playing an amazing defensive game. The Isles were probably getting mentally prepared to go to the locker room to get ready for Overtime. Instead, with nine seconds left in regulation, Tampa found the back of the net, lifting them to the eventual victory in Game Two. It’ll be interesting to see how the Isles respond tonight at 8:00 PM EST.

Thankfully, the Islanders have a great leader in head coach Barry Trotz. The message he had following Wednesday’s loss was one of positivity. “I think the belief in our room is real good,” coach Trotz said on Thursday via a Zoom call. “I just feel like, you know, this series is real close to flipping here.” Captain Anders Lee reassured fans that the Isles will not let the Game Two loss bother them. “We’re not going to dwell on the loss, but you can look back on it and pick from it and build off it. I think we did a lot of good things but just came up short.” Hockey is clearly a game of inches. If McDonagh’s pass is a little bit off or deflected by a skate or stick, then it’s certainly possible we are having a completely different conversation today. Regardless, the Islanders did do a lot of good things in Game Two. There is a chance they can steal Game Three if they follow the gameplay they utilized Wednesday night.

The best thing New York did in Game Two was limiting Tampa’s scoring opportunities. Despite losing the game, New York was able to hold the Lightning to just 21 shots on goal. This is an incredible effort considering Tampa Bay averages 34.5 shots per game in the postseason. If the Islanders want to make a comeback in this series, they have to keep playing stout defense the way they did the other night. Furthermore, the offense did everything you could ask but find the back of the net. New York had more shots on goal, fewer penalties, and more face-off wins than the Lightning. Unfortunately, the puck bounced Tampa’s way in Game Two, leading to the eventual win. With all that in mind, I️ still think the Isles had the right approach to the game. They limited Tampa’s opportunities and made very few mistakes, which are both classic qualities of a Barry Trotz team. If the Isles play the way they did in Game Two throughout the rest of the series, then they could come back and extend this thing to seven games. Hell, they could even win this thing. It’s important to not get too far ahead of ourselves though. This two-game hole is going to be a tough one for the Isles to climb out of.

The Islanders are a good team. They’ve been somewhat lucky in this postseason, drawing a number of “offensively-challenged” hockey teams. I️ don’t want to take anything away from the Isles. However, they haven’t faced a team like the Lightning once this postseason. The closest they came was when they drew the Panthers in the Stanley Cup Qualifier. Even still, the Panthers don’t hold a candle to the Lightning. Tampa is 4th amongst all teams in postseason scoring while the Panthers were limited to just 1.75 goals scored per game. Even the top-seeded Flyers had their offensive challenges. Philly ranked 16th in scoring amongst all teams that qualified for the postseason this year. This Lightning team is just different. They have great goaltending and elite scoring. They are as dangerous as they were last year and twice as pissed off after being swept in the first round of the playoffs. The Isles simply have to win today’s game, or they may be bounced out of the Eastern Conference Finals without recording a single victory.

My gut tells me that the Lightning are going to win Game Three, then lose Game Four, and then win Game Five, defeating the Isles three games to one. I️ am going to go with my heart though on this one. My heart tells me Barry Trotz has his guys right where he wants them. Trotz and the Isles know that they can beat the Lightning. They just need to go out and actually execute their game plan for 60 minutes, not 59 minutes and 50 seconds. With confidence restored in their goaltenders, I like the Isles to win tonight’s game. The Islanders must win this game, or we may have to start bringing up the “s” word.

Islanders 3 – Lightning 2

Dallas Stars vs Vegas Golden Knights, 11/09/2020

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Vegas Golden Knights Odds 

Vegas’ Robin Lehner carries a 131-minute, 44-second shutout streak into Game 3 of the best-of-seven Western Conference finals. Lehner registered his fourth shutout in his last seven starts after making 24 saves in the top-seeded Golden Knights’ series-leveling 3-0 win over Dallas on Tuesday.  

The 29-year-old Swede is just 12:20 shy of matching the franchise postseason shutout record of Marc-Andre Fleury, which was set during the club’s inaugural season in 2018. Paul Stastny has collected a goal and an assist in two of his last three games after mustering just three points in his previous dozen.  

Defenseman Shea Theodore set up William Karlsson’s power-play goal on Tuesday to boost his team-leading totals in assists (11) and points (17). Theodore, in fact, has 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in his last 11 games. 

Dallas Stars Odds 

The Stars need to ignite their high-octane offense — well, in the postseason — heading into Game 3 of the best-of-seven Western Conference finals. Dallas, which finished 26th in the regular season by averaging 2.58 goals per game, erupted for 42 in a 10-game stretch of the playoffs before netting just one in the first two contests of this series.  

The Stars, in fact, mustered just 12 shots through the first two periods of Tuesday’s series-leveling 3-0 setback to the top-seeded Golden Knights. Five-time 30-goal scorer Tyler Seguin and former Hart Trophy recipient Corey Perry are mired in six-game point droughts.  

Offensive-minded defenseman Miro Heiskanen has been held in check in this series after erupting for team-leading totals in assists (16) and points (21) in the club’s first 16 playoff games. 

Golden Knights vs. Stars Game 3 Betting Pick 

Vegas controlled the better of play in Game 2 due in large part to winning 61 percent of the faceoffs while accumulating six power-play opportunities. The Golden Knights have scored first in an NHL-best 10 playoff games in 2020, and they’ll do so again on Thursday to put the Stars on their heels. 

Golden Knights vs. Stars Game 3 Betting Pick: 

Stars (+150), Golden Knights (-177) 

Golden Knights 3, Stars 1 

Golden Knights vs. Stars Best Bet for Game 3 

Defensive hockey is expected to be the name of the game in this series, with both clubs already clamping down on the back end to limit the number of high-quality scoring chances. Lehner is locked in while Dallas counterpart Anton Khudobin has turned aside 49 of 52 shots in this series. 

Golden Knight vs. Stars Best Bet for Game 3: Under 5.5 total goals (-137) in Game 3.

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Islanders vs. Lightning Game Two Preview For 9/9/2020

Isles hope to bounce back after an embarrassing first game

Holy sh$t, I️ was wrong. I️ predicted the Isles would steal Game One by a final score of 3-2. What actually happened was the Tampa Bay Lightning annihilated the New York Islanders 8-2 for a victory in Game One. The eight goals scored by the Bolts tied a franchise record for the most in a single playoff game. Tampa scored first, but New York was able to respond with a goal of their own. After that though, the wheels fell off the tricycle. I would say bicycle, but the Isles looked like children going up against grown men the other night. The Lightning would score two more unanswered goals to finish the first period up 3-1. Tampa would score twice more in the second period and three more times in the third for a total of eight goals on the evening. A touchdown plus a two-point conversion. It was one of the worst beatings in the history of the Islanders.

The Lightning are stacked. They have guys like Kucherov, Stamkos, Sergachev, and Hedman, the list goes on and on. However, their best player since the postseason has been Brayden Point. In 14 playoff games, the 24-year-old Center has eight goals and 15 assists for a total of 23 points this postseason! What has been even more impressive has been how clutch he has been. He has two game-winning-goals this postseason, both coming against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Brayden Point should be the favorite to win the Conn Smythe Trophy if the Lightning end up winning the Stanley Cup as I️ predicted they would.

I need to address the elephant in the room. I️ am a person who likes to sing my own praises. Nobody is going to tell you I️ was right more than me. However, I️ am also the first to admit when I️ am wrong about something. Man oh man, I️ have been wrong about Hockey a lot recently. In fact, I️ have not gotten a Hockey prediction correct since Game Four of the Flyers-Islanders series (insert upside down smile emoji here). That is not great guys. I️ am almost afraid to make a pick because I️ know it’s going to be wrong. I️’m not sure if I️ should go with my gut, or pull a George Costanza and go against every good instinct I️ have. Tonight’s game will certainly be a better contest, but I️ fear the end result will still be the same for the Isles.

New York’s not a bad team. With that being said, everything that could have gone wrong in Game One did. The Isles were clearly worn out from the seven-game series against the Flyers, a series the Isles had three chances to win. Meanwhile, the Lightning came in well-rested and used that speed and readiness to their advantage. It should also be known that the Isles had to travel to Edmonton from Toronto just one day after beating the Flyers in Game Seven to get ready to take on the Lightning. As Tampa Head Coach Jon Cooper said, “now, we’re on even terms,” meaning both teams will have the same amount of travel time and prep time for Game Two.

I️ don’t know who is going to start in goal for the Isles in Game Two. To be fair, I️ don’t know if it’ll matter that much, that’s how good Tampa is on offense. Thomas Greiss was named the starter for Game One. He ended up allowing three goals on nine shots. Varlamov came in to relieve Greiss and played much better despite surrendering five goals. A starter has not yet been named for tonight’s game, but I️ fear the Lightning have too much offense for either goalie to handle. Don’t get me wrong, I️’m sure the starter for Game Two won’t surrender eight goals. At the same time, I️ don’t think the Isles have enough offense to go toe-to-toe with Tampa.

The Lightning are playing like the best team in the NHL. One of my friends said the West is the better conference, but I️ don’t believe that for a second. The East has Philly, New York (both of them), Washington, Columbus, Montreal, etc, and that’s only the Metropolitan division! Don’t get me started on how stacked the Atlantic Division is. Either way, Tampa has proven they are the cream of the crop in the East. They simply have more talent than the Isles. Talent doesn’t guarantee wins, but it certainly plays a big role needless to say. The Lightning will prove how good they are again tonight. Tampa wins a closer game, but they still win comfortably.

Lightning 4 – Islanders 2

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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.

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Vegas Golden Knights vs Dallas Stars, 09/09/2020

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Dallas Stars Odds 

The third-seeded Dallas Stars look to record another stingy defensive performance on Tuesday when they play Game 2 of the best-of-seven Western Conference finals versus the top-seeded Vegas Golden Knights in Edmonton.  

Defenseman John Klingberg scored in the first period and Anton Khudobin turned aside all 25 shots he faced in Dallas’ 1-0 win in the series opener on Sunday. Khudobin, who led the NHL in save percentage (.930) during the regular season, became the 10th goaltender in NHL playoff history to post his first career shutout at age 34 or order.  

Sunday’s modest offense proved just enough for the Stars, who scored 35 goals in their previous eight games. 

Vegas Golden Knights Odds 

The Vegas Golden Knights vie to ignite their offense on Tuesday when they play Game 2 of the best-of-seven Western Conference finals against the Dallas Stars in Edmonton.  

The Golden Knights were shut out for the second time in their past three games on Sunday, a series-opening 1-0 setback, a game in which they mustered a postseason-low 25 shots on goal. Vegas failed on all four power-play opportunities on Sunday and is 1-for-14 with the man advantage in its past four contests.  

Robin Lehner, who sports a 1.99 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage in 12 appearances this postseason, likely will return to the crease after sitting out the opener in favor of three-time Stanley Cup winner Marc-Andre Fleury. 

Stars vs. Golden Knights Betting Pick for Game 2 

Alex Tuch (team-leading eight goals in the playoffs) and defenseman Shea Theodore (club-best 10 assists, 16 points) regain their scoring touch to help Vegas even the series on Tuesday. Mark Stone also contributes on offense after collecting a goal and four assists in the three previous games versus Dallas (two regular season, one round robin) prior to the series-opening shutout. 

Stars vs. Golden Knights Betting Pick for Game 2: Golden Knights (-159), Stars (+138) 

Stars 4, Golden Knights 2 

Stars vs. Golden Knights Best Bet for Game 2 

Dallas captain Jamie Benn has recorded 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in his past 14 games. Expect that offense to continue with a goal on Tuesday. 

Stars vs. Golden Knights Best Bet: Benn (+280) to score a goal for the Stars.

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Islanders vs. Lightning Game One Preview For 9/7/2020

Tampa and the Isles face off in Game One where the Bolts come in as the favorites

Well, it wasn’t pretty but the New York Islanders have finally made it back to the Eastern Conference Finals after an almost 30-year absence. New York will be facing off against the well-rested Tampa Bay Lightning in a best-of-seven series to determine who will represent the East in the Stanley Cup Finals. Before we dive into this matchup, let’s take a look at how both these teams got here.

We start with Tampa Bay who has proven to be one of the best Hockey teams in the NHL over the last two years. This team gets lost in the shuffle of things because everybody likes to harp on their early exit from the playoffs last season. However, you could make the case that the Lightning would not be where they are right now without going through the growing pains of last year’s first-round sweep at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Since 2019’s playoff embarrassment, the Lightning have managed to go 10-3 in the postseason, losing only one game in three rounds of the playoff action. After a 2-1 finish in the Stanley Cup Qualifier, the Lightning emerged as the two seed in the East. As a result, they had an opportunity at redemption as they would face off against the Blue Jackets in the first round of this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs. Tampa was able to answer the call, eliminating the Blue Jackets in five games. After that series, the Lightning would go up against the Boston Bruins, who finished the regular season with the best record in the NHL. Tampa proved to be unrattled by this test as they would end up dominating the Bruins on their way to a 4-1 series victory. Now, the Lightning look to keep the Stanley Cup dream alive as they get ready to go head-to-head with the New York Islanders.

New York’s journey to the Eastern Conference Finals was much more difficult and dramatic, but it made the end result that much sweeter for long-suffering Isles fans. In the Eastern Conference Qualifiers, the Islanders bombarded the Florida Panthers early on, eventually winning the series three games to one. After that, New York had to face off against the third-seeded Washington Capitals, Barry Trotz’s former team. The Isles responded to this test by eliminating the Caps from the playoffs in five games. The most recent series that New York played in was one of the most dramatic of the 2020 playoffs. The Isles were able to get up on Philly early, taking a lead in the series three games to one. That is when the Isles began to stumble. After going up 3-1, Philadelphia mounted a comeback for the ages, winning two games in overtime to force a decisive Game Seven. In the end, though, New York proved to be the better, more disciplined team. The Isles shut out the top-seeded Flyers 4-0 in Game Seven to give them the series win and a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals. With four more wins, the Islanders will advance to the Stanley Cup for the first time in almost 40 years.

This will be the toughest series to predict out of all the playoff matchups in my opinion. After beating the Bruins, I thought that the Lightning would be a shoo-in to not only reach the Stanley Cup but to win the whole thing. Their offense is one of the best in the league and their goaltending has been stellar since the postseason began (7th in playoff scoring, 4th in playoff scoring defense). However, I think that this is the worst possible matchup for the Lighting in the East. The Isles have arguably been the best defensive team in the postseason. Furthermore, the Barry Trotz coaching style (hit them hard, get a lucky bounce, and do not allow easy shots) has proven to be Tampa’s Achilles heel both last year and this year. I mean, this Tampa team is virtually the same top-to-bottom as last year’s squad. This is going to be a close series, and this will go six or seven games, regardless of who comes out on top. I still think that it will be Tampa representing the East when all is said and done. Sorry Islanders fans.

With that being said, I like the Isles to win Game One. Tampa is once against expected to be without the services of Center Steven Stamkos. Also, former MVP Nikita Kucherov will play in tonight’s game, but he will likely be limited due to an undisclosed injury. The Lightning have been able to survive and advance without Stamkos in the lineup, but that Kucherov injury is worrisome. I am sure he will be back to his normal self soon enough, but I am concerned with how effective Tampa’s offense can be with him playing in a limited capacity. I mean, the guy has the second-most points (16 pts: 4 G, 12 A) of all players on the Lightning in the postseason! Tampa will need him to bring his A-game if they want to score on the Isles, a team that allows the second-fewest goals per game of any franchise that qualified for the postseason this year. With Kuch playing a limited role, I think Tampa’s offense may struggle against the Isles tonight, maybe not the whole series, but definitely tonight.

I fear that the Lightning will be a little rusty after having the last seven days off. Some might use the term “well-rested,” but I believe the momentum of the Game Seven win will carry over into tonight for the Isles. Furthermore, the Isles playstyle has been proven to give the Lightning fits. The Columbus Blue Jackets laid out the gameplan for how to defeat the Lightning: score early, play good defense in front of your net, and do not stop hitting their guys. Barry Trotz is going to get the most out of his guys while also flustering the heck out of the Lightning. In fact, the only team that is better at playing “rough-n-tumble” hockey than the Blue Jackets are the Islanders. That is why I like this series to go seven games. Give me the Isles in this one. Like I said, I still expect Tampa to win the series, but the only way this goes seven games is if each team loses three times. Tampa will be the team that loses tonight’s game.

Islanders 3 – Lightning 2

Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Islanders, 08/09/2020

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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

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Dallas Stars Odds 

The Dallas Stars look to ride the momentum of an emotional Game 7 victory in their second-round series into the opener of their best-of-seven Western Conference finals versus the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday in Edmonton.  

Joel Kiviranta became the seventh player in NHL history — and lone rookie among that group — to record a hat trick in a Game 7 after he scored in overtime of a 5-4 win over Colorado on Friday. Alexander Radulov, who tallied twice against the Avalanche in the clincher, posted four points (two goals, two assists) as the Stars posted a 1-0-1 mark in the regular season against the Golden Knights.  

Defenseman Miro Heiskanen set up three goals in Dallas’ 5-3 setback to Vegas in a round-robin tilt on Aug. 3 and leads the team in both assists (16) and points (21) in the postseason. 

Vegas Golden Knights Odds 

The Vegas Golden Knights will try to continue their stingy ways on Sunday when they play Game 1 of their best-of-seven Western Conference finals versus the Dallas Stars in Edmonton.  

Vegas became the first NHL team to reach the conference finals for the second time in its first three seasons of existence after Robin Lehner turned aside all 14 shots he faced in a 3-0 win over Vancouver in Game 7 on Friday. The shutout was the NHL record-tying third of the series for Lehner, who made 40 saves while with Chicago in a 2-1 shootout loss to Dallas on Nov. 23.  

Defenseman Shea Theodore, who scored a goal on Friday, joined Max Pacioretty in recording one goal and two assists as the Golden Knights posted a 1-1-0 mark versus the Stars in the regular season. 

Stars vs. Golden Knights Betting Pick for Game 1 

Vegas surrendered just 54 shots on goal over its last three games, and that average of just 18 per contest makes life hard for opponents trying to mount any semblance of consistent offense. While Dallas is averaging 3.38 goals per game this postseason, that number will be put to the test against the stingy Golden Knights. 

Stars vs. Golden Knights Betting Pick: Golden Knights (-175), Stars (+150) 

Golden Knights 3, Stars 1 

Stars vs. Golden Knights Best Bet for Game 1 

Vegas’ Mark Stone collected three assists in two regular-season games against Dallas and scored and set up a goal in the teams’ round-robin tilt. Look for Stone to snap a modest two-game point drought and continue his offensive production in the series opener. 

Stars vs. Golden Knights Best Bet for Game 1: Stone (+210) on scoring a goal for the Stars

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Islanders vs. Flyers Game Seven Preview For 9/5/2020

“F@%K” -Islanders Fans, probably

Folks, if you are a fan of chaos, then the National Hockey League is for you. Yesterday, we saw two teams forced into a decisive Game Seven after leading the series three games to one. Early on, the Dallas Stars were able to steal a victory in overtime to give them the series win over the Avalanche four games to three. Later in the evening, the Vegas Golden Knights put together a three-goal third period to give the team a series-clinching 3-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Now, it all comes down to one final game between Philly and New York. The loser goes home while the winner moves on to the Eastern Conference Finals. After showing confidence in the Isles for the entire series, I am beginning to backtrack on my original pick.

The Islanders have had countless chances to bury the Flyers, but Philly is still kicking. New York took a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Flyers on Sunday. Since then, the Isles have had a number of opportunities to eliminate Philly, but they managed to let the Flyers stick around thanks to a pair of overtime victories. Just think about that for a second. If a puck maybe deflects a different way or takes a lucky bounce, then we are not having this conversation. New York had three overtime periods to down the Flyers, and they were unable to. Now, Philly enters tonight’s game with all the momentum in the series and maybe the world. The Isles will be on their heels as they look to put a stop to Philly’s recent string of good luck.

The Flyers haven’t just been lucky. In fact, they have elevated their play to a whole other level since going down three games to one in the series. In the first four games of the series, Philly only managed to score seven total goals for an abysmal 1.75 goals per game. However, the offense has come alive with its back against the wall. Despite being down 3-1 in the series, the Flyers have been able to put on an offensive clinic in their last two games, scoring nine goals in nine periods of Hockey for an average of 4.5 goals per game. Philly’s newfound offense has given new life to this series, and that is why we will be seeing our third Game Seven in two days.

I think one of the most important catalysts during this incredible two-game run by the Flyers is Oskar Lindblom. If you are unfamiliar with the story of his 2019-20 season, then strap in because it is something truly remarkable. Back in December of 2019, the 24-year-old Winger was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a deadly form of bone cancer. However, the Swedish forward was able to complete Chemotherapy treatment back in July, making him eligible to return to the ice for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. All of Lindblom’s hard work paid off when he took the ice on Thursday, helping lift Philly to an overtime victory in Game Six. The team has rallied around Lindblom, and as a result, they find themselves on the cusp of reaching the Eastern Conference Finals.

I’m not going to sugarcoat things. I would be scared if I was an Islanders fan. With that being said, I am not going to say that either team has a distinct advantage heading into tonight’s game. Four out of the first six games of this series have been decided by just one goal. This really could go either way, but sportsbooks have the Isles as slight favorites in tonight’s matchup. Furthermore, I don’t think that this one will be decided in regulation. Three games in this series have gone to overtime so far. It is only fitting that the seventh game goes into overtime as well. I think the Isles score first, but I think the Flyers mount a little comeback. I say that this one ends 2-2 in regulation. When all is said and done, I think the Flyers pull out the OT victory. Like I said at the beginning of this article, the Flyers are riding all the momentum right now. Philly is for real. They are going to prove why they earned the top spot in the Eastern Conference. My heart wants the Isles, but my brain says Philly wins the series thanks to a victory in overtime.

Flyers 3 – Islanders 2

Islanders vs. Flyers Game Six Preview For 9/3/2020

Philly hopes to force a Game Seven despite coming into this one as the underdog

We are now beginning to enter dangerous territory for the Isles. Thankfully, they’re in a spot that they are familiar with. In fact, the Islanders have had multiple chances to eliminate their opponent in every series they have played in this postseason. They could’ve swept the Panthers, but Florida was able to force a fourth game. New York had an opportunity to sweep the Capitals in the next round, but Washington was able to force a fifth game. The other night, the Isles could have closed out Philadelphia, but the Flyers won, so we now move on to a sixth game. When all is said and done though, I still have faith in New York to get the job done.

Before we preview tonight’s matchup, we have to talk about that crazy Game Five. The Isles were able to take an early lead thanks to a power-play goal from Josh Bailey. However, the Flyers scored three unanswered goals, allowing them to enter the third period with a 3-1 lead. It was at this point that Matthew Barzal left the game due to an injury, and the Islanders looked dead in the water. Despite all the odds being stacked against them though, New York would go on to score two goals in less than five minutes to force Overtime. Unfortunately, the Isles ran out of magic in OT. Scott Laughton scored on a redirect to give Philly the 4-3 win. Now, Philadelphia will have to have another miraculous performance if they want their postseason hopes to stay alive.

If you have a conversation with Barry Trotz about Game Five, you wouldn’t realize that the Islanders lost. The Head Coach is one of the best in the league and showed that he had confidence in his guys following that tough overtime loss. “In the third period, I thought we were coming and obviously we were able to get it tied up,” Trotz said. “And we had some early chances in the overtime, some Grade-As that if we score on them, we’re not having this conversation.” The “Grade-A chances” that Trotz is referring to are the point-blank shots Devon Toews and Brock Nelson had in the first five minutes of overtime. Fortunately for Philly, Carter Hart was between the pipes and was able to stop both those attempts on his way to a 29-save performance. He’ll have to be spectacular once again if Philly hopes to force a Game Seven.

Both teams come into this game missing a superstar Center. Matthew Barzal and Sean Couturier are listed as day-to-day with injuries. Barzal has a face injury while Couturier’s injury has not been revealed. According to Islanders’ Coach Barry Trotz, Barzal is “trending in the right direction” for Game Six. On the other side, Rotowire is reporting that Couturier is continuing to be evaluated ahead of tonight’s game, raising some doubts about his availability. Barzal and Couturier have combined for 20 points in 28 postseason games. The Islanders showed that they could make a comeback without Barzal, but winning the game without him will be a tall task. The same can be said for Philly and Sean Couturier.

I am not surprised that the Flyers were able to force a sixth game. I didn’t expect the number one seed in the East to be bounced out of the playoffs in five games. This is Philadelphia baby, the home of Rocky. If they go down, they go down swinging. It also helps that Claude Giroux and James van Riemsdyk came alive for one goal apiece in Game Five. At the end of the day, Philly will need production from those guys again if they want to keep their Stanley Cup hopes alive.

Look, I picked the Islanders to win the series. I see no reason why I should change my pick. The Isles still have one of the better scoring offenses left in the postseason, averaging 3.29 goals per game. Meanwhile, Philly is 16th in scoring amongst all teams that qualified for the postseason. New York will win tonight and close out the series. They have to. Otherwise, they could be in deep trouble. I’m taking the Isles.

Islanders 4 – Flyers 2

New York Islanders vs Philadelphia Flyers, 03/09/2020

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The Philadelphia Flyers bid to stave off elimination for a second consecutive contest on Thursday when they play Game 6 of their Eastern Conference second-round series against the New York Islanders in Toronto.  

Embattled captain Claude Giroux scored his first goal of the playoffs and added an assist in Tuesday’s 4-3 overtime victory in Game 5, a result that trimmed the Flyers’ deficit to 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.  

The win did not come without cost, however, as Selke Trophy finalist Sean Couturier sustained an undisclosed injury during a collision with Mathew Barzal in the second period and did not play in the remainder of the game. His availability for Game 6 is unknown. 

New York Islanders Odds 

The New York Islanders will look to overcome their second 4-3 overtime loss in a six-day stretch when they play Game 6 of their Eastern Conference second-round series against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday in Toronto.  

Josh Bailey scored on the power play early in the second period and set up Brock Nelson late in the third in Tuesday’s setback, a decision that trimmed their lead to 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.  

Bailey has 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) in 14 playoff games, making him the second Islanders player in the last 36 years to average at least a point per game in a single postseason (Ray Ferraro, 1.11 in 1993). Bailey’s point total is the most by a New York player since Ferraro (20) and Steve Thomas (17) in 1993. 

Flyers vs. Islanders Betting Pick for Game 6 

The Islanders rebounded from a loss in their first attempt to close out of a series by dispatching both Florida (qualifying round) and Washington (first round) in the very next game. Barry Trotz’s defensive-minded charges will continue that trend on Thursday and advance to the conference final for the first time since 1993. 

Flyers vs. Islanders Betting Pick: Islanders (-121), Flyers (+105) 

Islanders 3, Flyers 1 

Flyers vs. Islanders Best Bet for Game 6 

Bailey has been heavily involved in New York’s offense this postseason, including registering consecutive two-point performances to boost his team-leading totals in assists (12) and points. The 30-year-old has flustered the Flyers dating back to the regular season, recording a goal and two assists in three games. 

Flyers vs. Islanders Best Bet for Game 6: Bailey (+370) on scoring a goal for the Islanders

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The Colorado Avalanche exploded for five goals in the first 15-plus minutes of Game 5 to stave off elimination on Monday. They’ll need another win on Wednesday when they play Game 6 of their best-of-seven Western Conference second-round series against the Dallas Stars in Edmonton.  

The Avalanche scored five times in the first of Monday’s 6-3 victory to set a franchise playoff record for most goals in a period. Hart Trophy finalist Nathan MacKinnon scored during the first-period onslaught to extend his point streak to 13 games (eight goals, 15 assists).  

His point streak to begin the postseason is the fourth longest in NHL history behind Hall of Famers Bryan Trottier (18 games, 1981), Mark Messier (14, 1988) and Bobby Orr (14, 1970). 

Dallas Stars Odds 

The Dallas Stars will take another crack at punching their ticket to the Western Conference finals on Wednesday when they play Game 6 of their second-round series versus the Colorado Avalanche in Edmonton. A five-goal first period essentially shot down the Stars in a 6-3 setback on Monday, a result that trimmed their lead to 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.  

Miro Heiskanen scored late in the second period and set up captain Jamie Benn’s goal in the third to extend his point streak to six games (one goal, seven assists), a run that ties the longest among defensemen in franchise history. Benn’s tally extend his goal streak to three games and point streak to five contests (three goals, five assists). 

Avalanche vs. Stars Game 6 Betting Prediction 

MacKinnon isn’t a one-man show for Colorado, which also boasts Nazem Kadri (team high-tying eight goals) and Mikko Rantanen (club-best 12 assists). The Avalanche have enough in their offensive arsenal to take advantage of a dicey goaltending situation in Dallas and force Game 7 in this series. 

Avalanche vs. Stars Game 6 Betting Prediction: Avalanche (-124) vs. Stars (+107) 

Avalanche 5, Stars 3 

Avalanche vs. Stars Game 6 Best Bet 

Each of Colorado’s last eight games have gone over the total goals line, so it stands to reason to back the Avalanche’s high-octane offense on Wednesday. The Avalanche have scored 16 goals in their last three games overall and likely won’t be shy when facing elimination for the second consecutive contest. 

Avalanche vs. Stars Game 6 Best Bet: Over 6 (-115) on total goals

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The New York Islanders bid to punch their ticket to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 1993 when they play Game 5 of their second-round series versus the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday in Toronto.  

Brock Nelson recorded his second career multi-goal playoff performance and Jean-Gabriel Pageau also tallied in New York’s 3-2 victory on Sunday, giving the Islanders a 3-1 series lead in a best-of-seven series for the 11th time in franchise history.  

New York has won all 10 of the previous series. Josh Bailey has collected three of his team-playoff-high 11 assists and team-playoff-high 13 points in the past three games. He was credited with two assists on Sunday. 

Philadelphia Flyers Odds 

The Philadelphia Flyers aim to stave off elimination on Tuesday when they play Game 5 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series versus the New York Islanders in Toronto.  

The Flyers opened the postseason by winning eight of their first 11 contests before being pushed to the brink after losing back-to-back games for the first time since a four-game skid from Dec. 31-Jan. 7.  

Sean Couturier scored Sunday for the second time in three games during a 3-2 setback for the Flyers, who face a 3-1 series deficit. Carter Hart is expected to draw back in net after sitting out the second of back-to-back games that were played on consecutive nights. 

Field Level Media Betting Prediction for Islanders vs. Flyers for Game 5 

Scoring goals has been a significant issue for Philadelphia since sweeping the round-robin tournament, with the club finding the net just 18 times in the past 10 outings. The resilient Flyers will receive just enough offense on Tuesday to stave off elimination. 

LM Prediction: Flyers (-103) 2, Islanders 1 

Field Level Medias Best Bet for Islanders vs. Flyers Game 5 

The Flyers have mustered all of one goal in the third period this series, and that came after an uncharacteristic failure to clear the puck by the Islanders led to defenseman Ivan Provorov’s goal with 1:05 remaining in Game 4.  

With that in mind, it seems unlikely Philadelphia will repeat the feat considering it may be playing conservatively at the other end. 

FLM Best Bet: Under 1 (-205) on third-period goals by Flyers. 

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There is no clear favorite for today’s matchup between Philly and New York

The Philadelphia Flyers enter today’s game on the brink of elimination after emerging from the Stanley Cup Qualifiers as the number one seed in the Eastern Conference. This team is reminiscent of the Flyers’ squad from the 2010-11 season. That group finished second in the East when the regular-season was over. However, they eventually fell to the Boston Bruins in four games in the Conference Semi-Finals. It is quite possible that Philly may see the same results following the conclusion of tonight’s game.

Meanwhile, the New York Islanders are on the verge of making team history. With a win today, the Isles will advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since the 1992-93 season. If the Islanders win, they will end the league’s longest conference finals drought. Only the Columbus Blue Jackets have a longer drought, and that franchise didn’t begin playing until 2000. I am sure Islanders fans are nervous because they have been scorned before, but I have confidence in Barry Trotz and his guys.

Sure, the Isles are a good team, but I want to discuss the lack of production on the Flyers’ side. I will sing the praises of one individual suiting up for Philly: Kevin Hayes. The 28-year-old Center has 10 points in 13 postseason games. He has definitely shown up in the postseason. Beyond Hayes though, Philly’s top line guys have been incredibly ineffective. Travis Konecny, who led Philadelphia in goals during the regular season, has registered zero goals in the postseason. He’s not alone either. Claude Giroux and James van Riemsdyk have accounted for zero goals in 22 combined postseason games. Sean Couturier has been decent in the playoffs, recording two goals in 13 games, but that simply isn’t good enough in the postseason when the rest of your team is struggling. I think the Flyers have a bright future, especially with the Carter Hart-Alain Vigneault combination, but Philly’s lack of offense has been exposed by the Islanders. I expect it to be the cause of the Flyers’ downfall in tonight’s game.

We also need to talk about the goaltending performances by the Islanders. Finding a reliable goalie to start in the postseason is hard enough, but the Isles have somehow managed to find two net-minders that have stepped their game up in the playoffs. Let’s take a minute to applaud Thomas Greiss, who made his first start in nearly six months the other day. Greiss would go on to stop 34 of 36 shots on goal in Game Four, leading the Isles to the eventual 3-2 victory. It’s a classic “pick your poison” situation. Whether the Isles start Varlamov or Greiss, you know you are going to have a tough time getting the puck to find the back of the net.

Normally, I am a person that thinks teams perform best with their backs against the wall. However, that has not been the case for the Flyers at all in this series. After winning Game Two, Philly dug itself in a hole by dropping the next two games. Now, the Flyers face elimination, and I don’t know if they have the will or firepower to avoid an early exit.

If it wasn’t already obvious, I am picking the Islanders to win Game Five. Even if Philly manages to win the game though, I still think New York moves on to the next round. Philadelphia has been outmatched the whole series. The goal differential clearly indicates that. In four games, the Islanders have managed to outscore the Flyers 14-6. For years, Islanders fans would say, “if we could just get some offense, this team could be dangerous.” Well, take a good look Islanders fans. Your team found and offense and is now just 60 minutes away from advancing to the team’s first conference finals appearance in almost 30 years. I think New York closes out the series in classic Islanders-fashion.

Islanders 3 – Flyers 2

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Dallas Stars Odds 

The Dallas Stars can punch their ticket to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2008 with a win on Monday against the Colorado Avalanche in Edmonton.  

Dallas continued its high-octane offense by scoring five goals for the third time in four games in Sunday’s 5-4 victory, giving the Stars a 3-1 edge in the best-of-seven series. Miro Heiskanen set up Radek Faksa’s power-play goal in the first period for his team-leading 16th point, giving him the franchise record for most in a postseason by a defenseman.  

Captain Jamie Benn scored in his second consecutive contest and carries a four-game point streak (two goals, five assists) into Monday’s encounter. 

Colorado Avalanche Odds 

The Colorado Avalanche aim to stave off elimination on Monday when they play Game 5 of their best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series against the Dallas Stars in Edmonton.  

Hart Trophy finalist Nathan MacKinnon notched an assist in Sunday’s 5-4 setback to Dallas, which owns a 3-1 edge in the series. MacKinnon carries a 12-game point streak (seven goals, 14 assists) into Monday’s tilt, marking the sixth longest such run from the start of a postseason in NHL history.  

Calder Trophy finalist Cale Makar scored and set up a goal to boost his point total to 13 (three goals, 10 assists), marking the most in the playoffs by an Avalanche defenseman since Greg de Vries in 2002.

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Boston Bruins Odds 

The Boston Bruins hope to stave off elimination Monday when they play Game 5 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference second-round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Toronto.  

Jake DeBrusk scored in the third period of Saturday’s 3-1 setback to Tampa Bay, marking Boston’s third straight loss since posting a 3-2 victory in the series opener. David Pastrnak saw his five-game point streak (two goals, seven assists) come to a halt on Saturday while Brad Marchand was held off the scoresheet for the first time this series after erupting for five points (four goals, one assist) in the previous three contests.  

A 3-1 series deficit has proven insurmountable for the Bruins, who are 0-for-23 all-time in that situation. 

Tampa Bay Lightning Odds 

The Tampa Bay Lightning can punch their ticket to the Eastern Conference finals with a victory against the Boston Bruins in Game 5 on Monday in Toronto.  

Ondrej Palat extended his goal-scoring streak to three games by tallying twice in Saturday’s 3-1 victory, giving Tampa Bay a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven second-round series. Palat is one game shy of matching the longest goal-scoring streak in franchise postseason history, shared by current captain Steven Stamkos (2015, 2018), Vincent Lecavalier (2007) and Hall of Famer Martin St. Louis (2003).  

Brayden Point set up Palat’s first-period goal on Saturday to extend his point streak to five games (two goals, seven assists).

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Islanders vs. Flyers Game Four Preview For 8/30/2020

Philadelphia is favored slightly in this one with the over/under set at five

The Islanders come into this contest leading the series two games to one over Philly. So far, the postseason matchup has mirrored the results from the three games these teams played during the regular season. The Isles were victorious in all three regular-season games and now lead the season series five games to one. It should also be worth noting that the lone win the Flyers have over the Islanders this year came in overtime after the Flyers allowed New York to tie the game up despite leading 3-0 after the first period. There’s no doubt that the Flyers have been outmatched when facing off against the Isles this season.

The Islanders look like the better team in this series, but that does not mean the Flyers are a bad hockey team. In fact, Philly has been one of the best defensive squads in the NHL since the Stanley Cup Qualifiers began. Philadelphia has an 8-4 record in 12 postseason games so far. The difference between their wins and losses has been the effectiveness of Goalie Carter Hart. In Philly’s eight postseason victories, the team has only surrendered nine goals for an average of 1.125 goals allowed per game. The problems arise when the Flyers get in shootouts or high-scoring games. In those instances, the goaltending for Philly has been atrocious. The team has allowed opponents to score 17 goals in just four postseason losses for an average of 4.25 GAA. Simply put, when the Flyers are good, it’s like shooting a hockey puck at a brick wall, but when they are bad, they are REALLY BAD.

The Islanders have been just as good as the Flyers on defense this postseason. The reason they currently lead the series though is because of their explosion of offense that began when the playoffs did. Since the Stanley Cup Qualifiers started, the Isles have scored the fourth-most goals of all teams that reached the postseason. They are third in goals scored per game amongst all teams left in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. This is a massive improvement from the regular season, where they finished 22nd in goals scored per game.

The Isles certainly displayed their offensive prowess on Wednesday, when the team stormed back after being down 3-0 to tie the game up in the third period. The Flyers went on to win this game in overtime, but you have to be impressed with the resilience and effort from New York. In past years, a 3-0 deficit after one period would take the wind out of the team’s sails. Hell, it would deflate the egos of pretty much any team in the league. However, the Isles continued to play hard and were able to score clutch goals when needed, forcing the game into OT. Like I said, the Isles did end up losing the game, but their efforts would not be in vain. New York would go on to win the very next game to take a 2-1 series lead. They now have a chance to bury the Flyers with another win today.

The last game these teams played looked like it was going to follow the script of Game Two. Barry Trotz went back to Semyon Varlamov in Game Three after a terrible Game Two. Needless to say, the decision paid off. Varlamov let in an early goal, but that would be all he would let get past him. New York would rally and score three unanswered goals to eventually win the game 3-1. It was risky for Trotz to go back to Varlamov after he was lit up in game two, but it ended up being the right choice for the team when all was said and done. You don’t abandon the guy that got you this far after one bad period.

The Flyers come into this game as slight favorites despite being down in the series. Thankfully, both teams will be at full strength since ESPN does not have any players for either franchise listed on the injury report at this time. In this case, with both teams healthy, I like the Isles to take Game Four. I still believe that this series will go six or seven games. However, I like the combo of Varlamov and Trotz more than I like the combo of Hart and Vigneault. Don’t get me wrong, I think Hart and Vigneault are on the right track to get Philly to the promised land. The problem is that Carter Hart is too young and Vigneault does not have nearly as much playoff coaching experience as Barry Trotz. Furthermore, the Flyers are towards the bottom half of the league in postseason scoring while the Isles have actually improved on their offense since the playoffs began. I think we get a solid victory from New York without hitting the over.

Islanders 3 – Flyers 1

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Philadelphia Flyers Odds 

The Philadelphia Flyers look to even their best-of-seven Eastern Conference second-round series with the New York Islanders on Sunday when they play Game 4 in Toronto.  

Philadelphia has followed each of its previous 11 losses with a win dating back to Jan. 7, including a 4-3 overtime win on Wednesday in Game 2 after falling flat in the series opener.  

Tyler Pitlick scored in the first period on Saturday before the Flyers surrendered three straight goals and dropped a 3-1 decision to find themselves trailing 2-1 in the series. Philadelphia has yet to score in either the second or third period in any game of this series. 

New York Islanders Odds 

The New York Islanders bid to push the top-seeded Philadelphia Flyers to the brink of elimination on Sunday when they play Game 4 of their Eastern Conference second-round series in Toronto.  

Captain Anders Lee extended his goal-scoring streak to three games in Saturday’s 3-1 win, giving the sixth-seeded Islanders a 2-1 edge in the best-of-seven series. Lee’s sixth goal in his last eight games came in the third, marking the team’s 17th tally in the final period of regulation during the playoffs.  

New York has outscored Philadelphia 6-0 in the third period of this series. Mathew Barzal has notched an assist in each game of this series.

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Colorado Avalanche Odds 

The Colorado Avalanche aim to even their best-of-seven Western Conference second-round series against the Dallas Stars on Sunday when they play Game 4 in Edmonton.  

Hart Trophy finalist Nathan MacKinnon extended his playoff point streak to a franchise-best 11 games (seven goals, 13 assists) on Wednesday by setting up a pair of goals in Colorado’s 6-4 victory over Dallas. MacKinnon’s 20 points in a single playoff year are the most by an Avalanche player since Peter Forsberg in 2002.  

Captain Gabriel Landeskog carries a five-game point streak (two goals, six assists) into Sunday’s tilt. Calder Trophy finalist Cale Makar had three assists on Wednesday to become the 21st rookie defenseman to record a three-point performance in a playoff game. 

Dallas Stars Odds 

The Dallas Stars look to rebound from their first loss in more than two weeks on Sunday when they play Game 4 of their Western Conference second-round series against the Colorado Avalanche in Edmonton.  

The Stars followed up five-goal performances in victories over the Avalanche in the first two contests of their best-of-seven series before seeing their five-game winning streak halted with a 6-4 setback on Wednesday.  

Miro Heiskanen set up Tyler Seguin’s goal in the first period to boost his point total to a team-leading 15 (three goals, 12 assists), tying the franchise playoff record for a defenseman in a single postseason (Craig Hartsburg, 1981). Captain Jamie Benn scored and set up a goal on Wednesday to boost his point streak to three games (one goal, five assists).

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The Isles Are Slightly Favored in Today’s Game With the Total Set at 5.5

That was quite a response from the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 2. Philly was able to mount an early 3-0 lead in the first period. However, the Isles managed to come storming back and ended up tying the game with a little over two minutes left in regulation. It seemed like the Islanders were going to complete the comeback, but it was not meant to be. New York came up a little short in overtime as the Flyers would win the game thanks to a goal from Philippe Myers. The series is now tied 1-1, and tonight’s matchup will play a big role in determining who will end up moving on in the playoffs.

The Isles now have an important question glaring them in the face following yesterday’s tough loss: who should start in goalie? Before yesterday’s game, this question was a no-brainer. Semyon Varlamov has played like one of the best goaltenders in the NHL this postseason. In fact, Varlamov has the best Goals Allowed Average of any player that has participated in more than three games so far this postseason. Furthermore, his save percentage is second out of all players remaining in the postseason behind only Carter Hart. Varlamov looked to be the guy for the Isles, but Barry Trotz had to make a drastic decision yesterday and switch to Thomas Greiss after Varlamov surrendered three goals in the first period.

Now, the Isles have to decide if they want Greiss to go out there or Varlamov. Greiss was excellent filling in for Varlamov yesterday, registering 20 saves on 21 shot attempts. At this time, Coach Trotz has not made any indication as to who will get the start between the pipes. The coach spoke highly of Thomas Greiss, saying “I thought he was solid. He made a couple of key saves. He looked very comfortable, which is a great sign. That’s a positive for his attitude and his work ethic for our goaltending department. You have to be ready in the playoffs, and he was definitely ready…” Trotz is not going to reveal what his plan is, but I would not be surprised to see Varlamov back in goal for game three. Varlamov has been the guy that got you there with an 8-2 record in 11 games. You cannot abandon your franchise goalie for having one bad period against the top-seeded team in the Eastern Conference playoffs. I imagine Varlamov will get the nod from Trotz, but he will have a short leash to work with. If he lets in a few goals early, I expect Greiss to come in.

It’s easy to focus on the Islanders following yesterday’s game because the team was able to make things interesting late. However, I feel that we are not highlighting/complimenting the amazing job being done by Philly coach Alain Vigneault. In just his first season with the team, the Flyers have already reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs and won a postseason series. This is even more impressive once you realize that the Flyers’ leading scorer only recorded 24 goals this season. Philly is playing tough, grind-it-out hockey, just like the Islanders. As a result, they have the third-best scoring defense of all teams that reached the postseason and find themselves three wins away from a birth in the Eastern Conference finals.

For the Flyers, the real issue is that they play a similar style to the Islanders. Both teams like to play physical and rely on strong defense as well as good goaltending. In fact, these two teams are ranked first and second in goaltending out of all teams remaining in the playoffs. Unfortunately, the Isles are just a little bit better than the Flyers at executing their gameplan. New York scores more and allows fewer goals than Philly. I think the Flyers will take this series to seven games, but I think the experience and the execution by the Isles will eventually lead New York to the series victory.

Now we look ahead to tonight’s matchup. The Flyers are looking to keep the momentum up as they try to win their second straight game. However, the Isles have been a thorn in Philly’s side the whole series, never allowing the Flyers to truly get comfortable or execute their gameplan. Furthermore, I think Varlamov is going to go out there tonight with a chip on his shoulder as he has something to prove following yesterday’s game when he was pulled from the ice. I think the Isles win a close game without hitting the over or the under.

OddsUSA Prediction: Islanders 3 – Flyers 2

Islanders vs. Flyers Game Two Preview For 8/26/2020

Philly comes into this game as slight favorites with the over/under set at five

The second game of the playoff series between the Islanders and Flyers will be played today in Toronto, Canada. The Flyers were shellacked in the first game of the Eastern Conference Semi-finals. On one side, you have the number one seed in the East looking to bounce back in game two. Meanwhile, on the other side, you have the Islanders who are looking to build on an extremely important game one win. It’s going to be very intriguing to see which team comes out more motivated.

The Isles played a perfect game the other day in the first matchup of the series with Philly. New York took an early 1-0 lead in the first period, which allowed the team to dictate the pace of play for the remaining 50 minutes of gameplay. As a result, the Islanders were able to hold the Flyers to zero goals on 29 shot attempts. We should not be surprised by NY’s defensive prowess. The Isles have proven that they have one of the best defensive teams in the 2019-20 postseason. What came as more of a surprise was the Isles’ explosion of scoring. New York was able to make Philadelphia’s young, hotshot goalie, Carter Hart, look silly, scoring three goals on 28 shot attempts against the 22-year-old net-minder. The Isles were able to top off their effort with an empty-net goal, giving them the eventual 4-0 win and an early 1-0 lead in the series. Now, New York finds itself just three wins away from advancing to the Eastern Conference finals.

Goaltending will be the difference between the winner and loser in this series. I do not want to take anything away from Philadelphia’s Carter Hart. The kid has been sensational since joining the league. Hart finished the regular season with the eighth-best goals allowed average in the NHL (2.42 GAA). That number has been even better since the postseason began. Hart has only allowed 1.86 goals per game in nine total contests. Carter Hart is an excellent goalie with a tonne of upside, and Philadelphia has found its franchise goaltender for the next ten years. My concern is that Hart’s inexperience will be exposed by a well-coached team like it was in game one. Trotz’s men were able to get three pucks past Hart, which may have shaken the young man’s confidence. I think Carter Hart’s time to shine will eventually come, but not now. Not when is a 22-years-old playing on a team that needed a little luck to eventually be crowned the top team in the East.

The Islanders do not have the same problem as the Flyers. You could make the case that New York’s goaltending has only gotten better as the postseason has gone on. In fact, Goalie Semyon Varlamov was able to accomplish something the other day that had never been done in franchise history. Varlamov posted a shutout in Game One, meaning that he became the first player in Isles’ history to record back-to-back shutouts in the playoffs. This is quite an amazing feat when you realize that this was never accomplished by Hall of Fame Goalie Billy Smith, who won four Stanley Cups for the Isles in the 80s. I mean Varlamov is playing like the best goalie in the NHL right now. He has allowed the fewest goals per game in the postseason and is tied with Joonas Korpisalo for best save percentage by a starting goalie in the 2019-20 postseason. Semyon Varlamov has been the catalyst for the Isles’ impressive playoff run.

I think that the Isles should be favored in this series. They have playoff experience, and it shows. The Isles have already improved on their postseason run from last year, posting an 8-2 record through ten games in 2019-20. Also, Barry Trotz is an excellent leader. He proved it when his team upset the Capitals in the previous round, and he is proving it again against the Flyers. The statistics clearly favor the Islanders at this moment. New York is averaging the third-most goals per game of all teams left in the playoffs (3.40 GF/G). As for the Flyers, they average the fewest goals scored per game of all remaining playoff teams. Since the goaltending for both teams is so close (1.50 GA/G for NYI, 2.00 GA/G for PHI), I am picking the Islanders to eventually go on to win the series because they have the advantage on offense at this moment in time.

Let’s not get too ahead of ourselves. As pro athletes love to say, “take things one game at a time.” With puck drop set for 3:00 PM EST, I like the Islanders to win game two. The Flyers are a young team with a new Head Coach and a young goalie in just his second season. I think they impressed everybody in the qualifying round and exceeded expectations, but I think the Islanders are going to continue to expose the Flyers since both teams play such similar, defensive styles. Simply put, Philly hasn’t shown they have the scoring capabilities to keep up with the Islanders. I don’t think the Flyers get blanked in this game, but I do think they lose without hitting the over. Give me the Isles in game two.

Islanders 3 – Flyers 1

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New York Islanders Odds 

Semyon Varlamov and the New York Islanders aim to fluster the Philadelphia Flyers once again on Wednesday when they play Game 2 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference second-round series in Toronto.  

Varlamov extended his active shutout streak to 136 minutes, 20 seconds on Monday after turning aside all 29 shots he faced in New York’s 4-0 victory in the series opener. The 32-year-old Russian is 40 seconds shy of establishing a franchise playoff record, set by Hockey Hall of Famer Billy Smith during the 1980 postseason.  

Veteran defenseman Andy Greene opened the scoring with his first postseason goal in over 10 years and later prevented the Flyers from tallying with one of his four blocked shots. Captain Anders Lee has scored four goals in his last six games. 

Philadelphia Flyers odds 

The Philadelphia Flyers aim to solve Semyon Varlamov and the New York Islanders on Wednesday when they play Game 2 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference second-round series in Toronto.  

The Flyers failed to convert on any of their 29 shots on goal in a series-opening 4-0 setback on Monday. Philadelphia’s top-five goal-scorers in the regular season — Travis Konecny (24), Kevin Hayes (23), Sean Couturier (22), captain Claude Giroux (21) and James van Riemsdyk (19) — have combined for one goal in the playoffs.  

Hayes, who scored that goal in Friday’s 3-2 series-clinching victory over Montreal, was denied on a breakaway on Monday. The Flyers have mustered just 11 goals in their last seven games after totaling 11 during their three contests in the round-robin format.

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