The Islanders have been a great story in the bubble; as the sixth seed they beat the No. 3 seeded Washington Capitals and top-seeded Philadelphia Flyers, but they were sent back down to earth in their first Eastern Conference Finals appearance in 27 years.
The Lighting, well-rested and not having to travel, went on an offensive onslaught, easily taking the first game 8-2, Brayden Point led the charge with two goals and three assists.
This continues the powerful offense the Bolts have been displaying; they’ve outscored their opponents 25-9 during their five-game winning streak and it’s their second six-goal victory.
Thomas Greiss got the start for New York in Game 1 but was pulled after a little over 10 minutes into the game as Semyon Varlamov came in as relief. Varlamov will most likely get the start in Game 2; he recently set the Islanders’ record for the longest scoreless streak in the playoffs.
This game is going to be a lot closer than the first, Game 1 the first game that the Islanders lost by more than one goal during these playoffs. The recent history is in favor of Tampa Bay; it’s 6-1 in its last seven games as the favorite and 8-3 in its last 11 when scoring five or more goals.
Best Bet: Tampa Bay Lightning (-182)
Best Prop Bet: First team to reach three goals (Tampa Bay Lighting -106)
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