NHL Playoff Preview: Tampa Bay vs New York, Game 4
On Friday night, the New York Islanders return to the ice to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. The Islanders have to shake off the emotional effects of seeing a 4-3 lead disappear with just 38 seconds remaining in regulation and then seeing the Lightning score the game winner just 2:48 into overtime to win, 5-4. The Lightning lead the series 2-1. Find the updated NHL live odds here.
NHL Playoff Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Islanders, Game 4
When: Friday, May 6, 2016, 7:00pm Eastern time
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Radio: WNYE 91.5 FM New York
Live Stream: NHL-Stream.com
NHL Odds: TBA
Why should you bet on Tampa Bay?
The Lightning have found that offensive form that drove them up the standings in January and February. Their defense is still a little shaky, as the Islanders are getting too many good looks at Bishop and the net. However, the Lightning can put this series into a real bind for the Islanders if they keep swarming the net and tighten up on defense.
Why should you put your money on the Islanders?
The Islanders are playing their best hockey of the playoffs right now, which is a good sign. They did have some primo chances to get that fifth goal in the third period, but Nikolay Kulemin and Josh Bailey found their shots stopped by Ben Bishop, who did not have a great night for the Lightning in goal but came up big in crunch time. You could definitely argue that Brian Boyle should have been called for the check he dealt to Thomas Hickey before corralling a rebound and stuffing it over Thomas Greiss into the net in overtime. The Islanders can even this series with a little more defense and a little more luck with converting those big chances.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The Islanders have had a counterpunch for everything the Panthers brought in the first round, and they are giving the Lightning all they want in this series. I’m predicting a 3-2 Islanders win in Game 4 to even the series.