Can the Islanders learn from their loss is the hockey expert picks point to ponder for Game Four on May 6th. Down 2 to 1 in the series, New York can not afford to lose a second in a row at home. Linesmakers have opened up the betting as even in the puckline with balanced wagering so far. What does our hockey guru at HRWager have to say? See how we weigh in to where the profit will be plundered from in this one!
Hockey Expert Picks : Sophomore Slump
Ryan Strome has gone from an integral part of the Islanders attack to a healthy scratch for Game Three. He had two assists to start the series and played monster minutes in the next game. His second year in the league has been frustration considering all the success he had in the rookie installment. Part of the problem is that the Islanders want to be pretty with the passing. Playoff hockey has an onus of just flinging the puck towards the net and this was what the Islanders were reluctant to do. 21 shots per game in the first two but the team upticked to 39 shots in the overtime loss. If Ryan gets the point his coach is trying to make then the Islanders can be even more potent than their 5-4 OT loss.
No Discipline from Game Three
Tampa decided part of their path to success is to pound the body of the Islanders. A couple of really violent checks got the attention of league officials. Finally, it was decided that no discipline was to be meted out. However, it does not translate to this being status quo. The chances of more penalties being called on the same level of action is greatly increased. This will result in more power play chances for the Islanders.
New York has to be aware of how they were worn down in the end. Game tying goal scored against them with less than a minute left. Not many times when a team gets a chance at redemption but the Islanders still have a chance to escape New York being tied two piece. Our hockey guru thinks highly of New York’s chances on Friday. Good fortune in this expert pick and we will see you later on today here at the HRW.