The New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning continue their battle Wednesday night with Game 2 of the 2020 Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Finals. The Lightning took the first blood and will to extend their lead, while the Islanders have to make amends for their lousy performance in the opener.
We bring you all must-read betting tips and trends for Game 2 between the Islanders and Lightning along with the best betting pick, so let’s see what can we expect from Wednesday’s clash at Rogers Place in Edmonton.
The Islanders might miss winger Cal Clutterbuck, but all their important players are ready to go. The Lightning are without their captain Steven Stamkos (lower body) probably for the rest of the series.
The Lightning won the opener 8-2 as -160 favorites with a total of 5.0 goals.
What’s at Stake?
The Islanders hope to avoid another loss that would put them in a tough situation, while the Lightning look to get in the driving seat, so there’s a lot on the table for each side.
The Lightning completely dismantled the Islanders in the opener. They will try to keep the momentum on their side, while the Islanders could have problems to forget that embarrassing loss in Game 1.
I have to congratulate anyone who expected to see a high-scoring affair last Monday. The Islanders entered the conference finals as the second-best defense that surrenders 2.25 goals per game, while the Lightning were right behind with 2.30 goals allowed per contest.
However, the Lightning went off in the opener, scoring three first-period goals while building a 5-1 lead through the 2nd period. They netted eight times on just 34 shots, allowing the Islanders to take only 24 shots in a return.
Thomas Greiss started Game 1 for the Islanders, but he was replaced after 11 minutes. Semyon Varlamov finished the game and will probably guard the cage in Game 2. Varlamov is 9-4 with a 2.22 GAA and a .913 save percentage this postseason.
On the other side, Andrei Vasilevskiy has started every single game for the Lightning in the 2020 Stanley Cup. The 26-year-old goalie is 11-3 with a 1.92 GAA and a .930 save percentage.
Tampa Bay is 14-6 in its last 20 encounters with the Islanders, and the over is 10-7-3 in that span.
The Lightning are undefeated in five straight playoff meetings with the Islanders, and I’m looking for this trend to continue. They should be fired up after a tremendous performance in the opening clash, so I’m backing Tampa Bay to win straight up at -163 odds.
I’ve got burned on the totals last time, wagering on the under, so I’m staying away from the totals this time. The Islanders cannot play worse defense than they did in Game 1, and I expect Varlamov to put on a strong performance between the pipes, but this 2020 Stanley Cup is so unpredictable that I wouldn’t be surprised with another high-scoring affair.