Lightning vs. Islanders Game 5 Prediction, NHL Playoff Odds

Nik Kowalski | Updated Sep 15, 2020

Lightning, 2020

Tampa Bay is looking to reach their first Stanley Cup final since 2015, and win their first Cup since 2004. Oddsmakers have the Lightning as -175 favourites to close out this series Tuesday.

NY Islanders
35-23-7-3
AT
September 15, 2020, 8:00 PM ET
Rogers Place
Tampa Bay
43-21-5-1
Puckline +1.5 -174
Moneyline +150
Over / Under o +5

33%

Betting Action

67%

Puckline -1.5 +145
Moneyline -180
Over / Under u +5

33%

Betting Action

67%

Two goals in twelve seconds was all it took for the Tampa Bay Lightning to outscore the New York Islanders Sunday, and a 4-1 win has the Bolts a single win away from the Stanley Cup final. Game 5 goes Tuesday night, and a 3-1 series deficit has the underdog Islanders in desperation.

Brayden Point and Alex Killorn back up front for Tampa Bay was a huge difference in Game 4. Point recorded a goal and an assist in the win, while Killorn played over 18 minutes.

Islanders vs. Lightning Betting Analysis

Tampa Bay is looking to reach their first Stanley Cup final since 2015, and win their first Cup since 2004. Oddsmakers have the Lightning as -175 favourites to close out this series Tuesday.

The Lightning, winners of seven of their last eight, are 2-0 this postseason in series-clinching games. The Islanders have fought off elimination once (Game 7 against Philadelphia).

Offensive production is becoming an issue for the Isles, as aside from Game 3 they have scored two or fewer goals in each game this series. And with Tampa scoring 3.29 goals per game this postseason, New York’s minimal scoring isn’t going to cut it.

New York Islanders

The Isles learned the hard way that you have to play a full 60 minutes. New York didn’t have a bad game, but they couldn’t recover from a twelve-second span after Brock Nelson’s game-opening goal.

It’s not rocket science, but Barry Trotz’s club is 1-0 in the Eastern Conference final when they register at least 30 shots. With nothing to lose, the Isles need to sustain pressure in Tampa Bay’s end in Game 5 — even if it means getting away from Trotz’s defensive-structured gameplan for an aggressive approach.

Mathew Barzal and Anders Lee are both goalless in their last five games. New York needs their stars to step up, or it’s curtains.

Tampa Bay Lightning

After a hiccup in Game 3, Tampa Bay is back on track. With so much going right for the Bolts  it’s hard to single out individuals. There’s Andrei Vasilevskiy’s .930 save percentage, Point and Nikita Kucherov having 25 points each, and then Victor Hedman’s seven goals on the back end.

The Lightning are now 7-1 since Jon Cooper elected to go with 11 forwards and seven defencemen last round. Depth veterans like Zach Bogosian, Luke Schenn, and Kevin Shattenkirk have bought into a rotation on the back end. While their contributions don’t often show up on the scoreboard, it’s players like those three that allow teams to make it the distance.

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