Islanders vs. Lightning Game 2 Prediction, NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Odds

Nik Kowalski | Updated Sep 08, 2020

Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov, Lightning, 2020

The Lightning, led by Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov's five-point performances, annihilated the Islanders in game one. Do they have an encore?

NY Islanders
35-23-7-3
AT
September 09, 2020, 8:00 PM ET
Rogers Place
Tampa Bay
43-21-5-1
Puckline +1.5 -160
Moneyline +130
Over / Under o +5

32%

Betting Action

68%

Puckline -1.5 +133
Moneyline -155
Over / Under u +5

32%

Betting Action

68%

While a Tampa Bay Lightning win was predictable Monday evening, most probably did not have an 8-2 drubbing of the New York Islanders in their crystal balls. The Lightning, led by Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov’s five-point performances, annihilated the Isles in what could be the beginning of a quick Eastern Conference final.

Game 2 goes Wednesday night, and New York needs to answer in a big way.

Islanders vs. Lightning Betting Analysis

Going into Game 1 both teams were averaging over three goals per game in the postseason and in their last 10 meetings. A total of 10 goals Monday rises these respective numbers, and the Lightning (3.36) have now surpassed the Islanders (3.29) in postseason goals per game.

Now a -185 favourite to win Game 2, Tampa Bay is rolling on a five-game win streak.

Oddly enough, the under has hit in 10 of Tampa Bay’s last 15 games. Both the Isles and Bolts are averaging 2.29 goals against per game too, so a tame Game 2 could be in store.

New York Islanders

When you lose in the fashion New York did Monday, it’s best to have a short memory and move on. The question is, who will Barry Trotz go forward with in net?

Thomas Greiss started Game 1, but was chased after stopping three pucks on six shots. Semyon Varlamov didn’t fare much better, allowing five goals on just 20 shots. Varlamov’s been New York’s guy for the majority of the postseason, but has a combined .840 save percentage in his last three appearances.

New York is 3-2 coming off a loss in the NHL bubble and averaging four goals in those contests. Monday was also the first time since Game 4 of the First Round that the Isles failed to register at least three goals.

Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa Bay put their rest from the Second Round to good use as they collected an early 3-1 lead in Game 1 and never looked back. On top of Point’s and Kucherov’s five points each, defencemen Victor Hedman and Kevin Shattenkirk both collected three points.

Jon Cooper and the Lightning are continuing to roster 11 forwards and seven defenceman to success. They only gave up 24 shots Monday and their early lead allowed Cooper to play Hedman only 20:27 in the win.

It was the third time in the 2019–20 NHL season that the Lightning scored eight goals. In fact, Tampa Bay scored nine goals twice in the regular season. Tampa Bay’s fresh, deep, and a tall task for any NHL club right now.

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