Tampa Bay - Islanders: Should we wait for the series?
16/09/2020, at 00:00 GMT
The Islanders won the game before last against Tampa.
Tampa have scored fewer than three goals in one match out of three.
"Islanders" are inferior in the series with a score of 1:3.
Tampa Bay have lost only one match to the Islanders so far, in which they conceded five goals - 3:5. In two previous meetings out of three, the team did not allow the opponent to score a goal more than once. After the defeat of "Lightning" they made the right conclusions and played more disciplined in their own zone, having won the game with a score of 4:1.
Andrey Vasilevsky played great, reflecting 26 shots on his goal. Note that one of the best players in the Bolts line-up, Braden Point, was injured in the fourth match. It is unclear if he will appear on the ice in the upcoming game, but the Islanders played very tough against him. Despite this, he scored a goal and provided an assist.
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This is the first time the Islanders have come so close to failing in this playoff and have never lost two matches before. What the Islanders did earlier does not work at all against Tampa. They have big problems with performance and the chances they create in front of Vasilevsky's goal are clearly not enough for a positive outcome.
However, Barry Troz's wards achieved their goal. They knocked out the opponent's main striker. Now it should be even easier for them to defend themselves. It is likely that the team will continue to "knit" on the arms and legs of their opponent and something they will still manage to do. That plan worked for the Islanders in their third match, so why shouldn't they move on?
The Islanders are a very fighting team that will fight to the last. Undoubtedly, Barry Troz's charges will do their best to close the gap in the series. Moreover, now the Islanders have good chances, because Braden Point has dropped out. If the team manages to "close" the other key forwards of the opponent, it will surely succeed. We think that Lightning will not be able to score more than two goals without the Point.
Our bet is Tampa's individual total under 3 goals for 1.77 in a bookmaker's office 1xBet.
We also take the Islanders victory with an Asian handicap (0) with a odds of 2.51
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