New York Islanders right winger Kyle Palmieri during the first period of Game 1 of an NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Series against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday, June 13, 2021 in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo / Chris O’Meara)
- The Tampa Bay Lightning, leading 2-1 in the series, is a strong -180 favorite to win Game 5 on June 21, even though the series is tied 2-2
- Each team has one home win and one on the road before Game 5 in Tampa.
- Read below for odds, game overview and bet choice
The New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning playoffs are unfolding like a lot of people thought. But again, this is not the case.
It was speculated that it would be a close series that would require six or more games to settle. It is now assured that it is 2-2 for Game 5.
What wasn’t expected was that the Islanders would be a better scoring team than the Lightning in this playoff. In the regular season, the Lightning finished ninth in team scoring, while the Islanders were 21st. In these playoffs, the Islanders are averaging 3.19 goals per game compared to 3.13 for the Lightning.
The Lightning are strong favorites -180. But the Islanders have been a good bet in this series, going 3-1 ATS.
Hurricanes vs Lightning Game 5 Odds
|New York Islanders||+160||+1.5 (-182)||O 5 (-136)|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||-186||-1.5 (+150)||U5 (+112)|
DraftKings June 19 Quotes
Islanders offense intensifies in playoffs
During the regular season, it was painful to watch New York’s offensive struggles. After Anders Lee’s injury, the Islanders seemed at times incompetent.
In the playoffs, they were a different offensive team. Lou Lamoriello’s decision to acquire Kyle Palmieri looks brilliant today as he has seven goals. But he’s one of the four Islanders with six or seven goals. Brock Nelson also has seven, while Josh Bailey and Mathew Barzal have six each.
Barzal brings the score to 2-0! pic.twitter.com/DxzqGxP6su
– New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) June 20, 2021
The Islanders score by committee, and this committee has been very productive. That’s why they got a 3-2 victory in Game 4. Jean-Gabriel Pageau also has 13 points and Anthony Beauvillier has 12. The defender is tied for third on the team with seven mentions. help.
Instead of relying on one or two offensive heroes, the Islanders have everyone on the roster playing better offensively than in the regular season.
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The masked man remains the key to lightning
Brayden Point has scored 12 goals in the Lightning’s 15 playoff games. Nikita Kucherov has 24 points. The Lightning has a brimming roster of proven scorers. Victor Hedman is the best defenseman in the NHL.
But goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevskiy remains the team’s most important player.
While the Lightning still needed two wins to return to the Stanley Cup final, Vasilevskiy has allowed eight goals in his last five games. Since the decisive game in the Carolinas series, Vasilevskiy has blocked 136 of 144 shots. That’s a saving percentage of .944.
The annual NHLPA player survey came out this morning.
64% of NHL players consider Victor Hedman the best defenseman in the league.
54% of NHL players consider Andrei Vasilevskiy the best goaltender in the league.
Neither vote was so close. pic.twitter.com/LeAK1xohtb
– Andrew Weiss (@WeissHockeyTalk) June 17, 2021
Lightning vs Hurricanes Series Odds
|New York Islanders||+185|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||-230|
Anders Lee Watch
Anders Lee is still sidelined with injury. No one is saying when he’ll be ready to play. But that doesn’t mean Islanders fans can’t get excited every time they see a video of him skating.
Even though the Islanders have played impressively these playoffs, they clearly miss Lee, especially when the game is on. The fact that the Islanders are two wins away from the Stanley Cup Final without him illustrates how hard they are playing. good
They say he looks strong when he does his skating exercises. But there is a big difference between skating drills and playing contact.
Anders Lee skated alone this morning.
Today he’s been working on skating – especially tight cuts – and circling rebounds. pic.twitter.com/9eZGtfhzoJ
– David Lazar (@ davidlazar100) June 19, 2021
Difficult not to take the Islanders +1.5
In a tight NHL playoff series, a 1.5 goal gap looks like three goals. In this series, three of the first four games were decided by a single goal. The other match was played on two goals. Defense has been king in this series. The Lightning allow two goals per game, while the Islanders are at 2.25. This is not going to change. These factors make islanders attractive as a betting option
Picks: Islanders +1.5 (-182)
Kevin Allen has covered most major events including the Olympics, Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals, and the Stanley Cup Finals. He covered the NHL for USA Today from 1986-2020, receiving the Lester Patrick Award in 2013 and was honored by the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2014 with the Elmer Ferguson Award.