Have the Islanders youth movement turned the corner its the NHL Pick question to be solved. Second round and they come back to the Big Apple tied a game apiece. Tonight’s action had linesmakers opening Tampa Bay as the road underdog. Overnight movement include sharp action has changed all of this. Which perception of the game is correct for this May 3rd start at 7PM EST?
NHL Pick : Islanders Now Underdog
Landscape has changed as the Lightning are barely the favorites now. Enough money plunked on them have us looking at Tampa Bay first. Speculation is that two things occurred in Game Two that are telling. First is that Tampa limited the Islanders to just eight shots. Lightning are getting the feel for the remaining speed left that the Islanders have and made the necessary adjustments. 4-1 win was as much that as New York possibly wearing down. Long season for players that are not used to winning. Tampa’s deep runs the last few seasons have given them the well of experience to know when to pour it on. Tonight is one of those key junctions to do so.
More Hands On
Coaching staff has a tough sell to young team to be more physical. Islanders love open space hockey with easy flowing chances. The style that wins you non descript regular season games. In the playoffs, the rink seems to shrink as more passing and shooting lanes are contested. Tampa is not going to let up on this. Will the kids dig in and do the same tonight? They are already being outshot in the series 67-42. Puck possession has also gone against the Islanders. New York is looking more and more like it stole game one than the case that these teams are on an equal footing.
Tough series for the Islanders as they have to learn how to win against a team that has the formula known to them. Even if Tampa allows a free skating game, Ben Bishop is their to bail them out. This much of a move in a Game three of the second round is very illuminating. Sharps have made their stance and we concur that they are correct. HRWager advises our clients to invest in the Tampa Bay Lightning ML for tonight. Good fortune and we will see you tomorrow here at the HRW.