new york islanders vs tampa bay lightning prediction and preview

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NHL new york islanders vs tampa bay lightning prediction and preview


 

 

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The Tampa Bay Lightning will take on the New York Islanders for game four of the playoff series. The Lightning finished the season with a record of 36-17-3. The Islanders finished the season with a record of 32-17-7. The Lightning lead the series 2-1. 

 

Lightning Take Series Lead on Road

The Lightning took game three 2-1 on the road. Yanni Gourde and Brayden Point each scored a goal. Andrei Vasilevskiy was sharp once again, stopping 27 out of 28 shots faced.

 

Offense was rolling all season for the Lightning and that continued in the first round against the Florida Panthers. The Lightning scored three goals or more in five out of six games against the Panthers in round one. They did not perform great in round two despite beating the Hurricanes in five games. They scored two goals in three out of five games. Tampa only scored more than three goals in just one game in round two. Their offensive woes continued in game one against the Islanders, scoring just one goal. They came alive in game two, scoring four goals. Tampa scored only two goals in game three but still won the game. The team finished the season ranking ninth in goals per game and 10th in shots per game. Brayden Point leads the team with 48 points during the season. Victor Hedman finished the season tied for third in points and fourth in assists among defensemen in the league.

 

 

Defense and goaltending were excellent for the Lightning this season and they have continued to play well in the playoffs. They gave up two goals or less in three out of six games against a high-powered Florida offense. Tampa Bay gave up two goals or less in four out of five games against the Hurricanes in round two. Goaltending was the main reason they were able to defeat the Canes in five games. They allowed two goals in game one and two and just one goal in game three against the Islanders. The team finished the season ranking sixth in goals against per game and ninth in shots against per game. Andrei Vasilevskiy had a 31-10-1 record with a 2.21 GAA and a .925 SV% this season. He has started every playoff game and has been excellent.

 

Islanders Drop Game Three at Home

The Islanders lost game three 2-1. Cal Clutterbuck scored the Isles’ lone goal. Semyon Varlamov stopped 23 out of 25 shots faced.

 

Offense performed well in the first round against the Penguins. They scored three goals or more in five out of the six games in the opening round of the playoffs. The Isles offense did not disappoint against the Bruins in round two either. They scored three goals or more in five out of six games against a tough Bruins team. They only scored two goals in game one and two and just one goal in game three against Tampa Bay. The team finished the season ranking 21st in goals per game and 22nd in shots per game.

The Islanders played very well on defense and received excellent goaltending this season. This performance is carrying over into the playoffs. Goaltending was on point in the first round of the playoffs. They gave up three goals or less in five out of the six games against a high-powered Penguins offense. The Isles continued to play well on defense and received very good goaltending in round two. They allowed two goals or less in four out of six games against the Bruins. The Isles surrendered just one goal in game one. They struggled in game two, allowing four goals. Varlamov bounced back in game three, allowing just two goals but still lost the game. The team finished the season ranking second in goals against per game and 10th in shots against per game. Semyon Varlamov finished the season with a record of 19-11-4 with a 2.04 GAA and a .929 SV %. He ended the season ranking fourth in GAA, second in SV%, and tied for first in shutouts among goalies. Ilya Sorokin finished the season with a record of 13-6-3 with a 2.17 GAA and a .918 SV %.






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