New York Islanders vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Monday, September 7th 8pm EST
Monday night marks the start of the much anticipated Eastern Conference Finals. The Tampa Bay Lightning earned their spot here by eliminating Columbus in five games in Round 1 before dispatching of the Boston Bruins in five games in Round 2. The New York Islanders took care of the Florida Panthers in four games before sending the Washington Capitals home in 5 games. Most recently, the Islanders defeated the Philadelphia Flyers to earn their spot here.
The Lightning are playing with a sense of purpose after being unceremoniously eliminated in last year’s playoffs after dominating in the regular season. Tampa Bay has only lost three games since the NHL has come back from their break. This will mark Tampa Bay’s fourth appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals in the last six seasons.
The Islanders, on the other hand, have not made it this far since the 1992/1993 season and are playing to disprove their doubters. After leading the Flyers 3 games to 1, they allowed Philadelphia to fight back to force a deciding game 7 before imposing their will in that match to win 4-0.
While the Lightning look to be heavily favored in this matchup we’re taking the Islanders due to the recency edge they have after knocking off the Flyers on Saturday night. Tampa Bay has had some time off since their last series and may have to shake off some rust. We look for the Islanders defense to suffocate Tampa Bay just as they did in game 7 against Philadelphia.
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