Puck Line Punisher NHL 7*
(NHL) NY Islanders vs. Tampa Bay, 09/15/2020 8:00 PM, Score: 2 - 1
Point Spread: 1.50 | -169.00 NY Islanders (Away)
Bookmaker: PinnacleSports
Result: Win
Puck Line Punisher - Scott "The Bulldog" Rickenbach NHL Rotation #7 Tuesday 7* New York Islanders Puck Line +1.5 goals -165 vs Tampa Bay Lightning @ 8:10 ET - Note my rating on this play as it is reduced and it is not a top play. That is because I am laying a price here and that is not something I do very often. I expect the Islanders to battle very hard in this elimination game but I respect the Lightning tremendously and would not be surprised to see this game decided by a single goal and possibly even go to overtime. As a matter of fact, the Bolts first two playoff series have each seen them eliminate their opponent in an overtime game! Prior to their big win in Game 4 of this series, Tampa Bay was 12-4 in this post-season but only 3 of those 12 wins came by more than a single goal. Riding the fantastic play of Andrei Vasilevskiy between the pipes, the Lightning have made a living off winning tight games in these playoffs. I am not saying they necessarily win this game but, if they do, you can see why I am forecasting the victory to come by just one goal. Keep in mind, Brayden Point (arguably the best player in the entire NHL post-season) left Game 4 early and the Lightning might rest him here. If he plays he will likely be less than 100 percent. The one game the Bolts lost in this series was Game 3 and Point missed that game. Yes, he is that important and him being a question mark and the Bolts penchant for tight games has me going with the Islanders +1.5 goals on the puck line as the best value in this one. New York was 12-7 in this post-season prior to the loss in Game 4 and 6 of those 7 losses came by a single goal. The only exception was the 8-2 blowout loss in Game 1 of this series but that was a horrible situational spot for the Isles. Tuesday's situation is most definitely not. The Isles, when off a loss in this post-season are 5-2 and both losses came by just 1 goal. 7* NEW YORK ISLANDERS Puck Line +1.5 goals -165