We are still patiently waiting for the Stanley Cup round 2 schedule to be released, as there are still a couple of series to be decided in the Western Conference. The second round is beginning to take shape, though, and we already know that the New York Islanders will be facing the Tampa Bay Lightning in what may well be a very tight series. The Islanders sprung something of an opening round surprise, taking down the Florida Panthers in 6 games, while the Lightning booked their ticket to the next round by bouncing the Detroit Red Wings pretty quickly. Given that Tampa are the higher seeded of the two teams, they will have the benefit of home ice advantage in this series, which could well play an important role in who moves on. Both teams should be well rested before this one gets started, and it’s fair to say that both teams need that rest. The Lightning are still fighting the injury bug, and the Islanders played a lot of hockey in their opening round series versus the Panthers. This is a series that should see the Lightning favored to win in the NHL betting odds, but the Islanders are proving to be a resilient lot.
A Look Inside at the NY Islanders vs Tampa Bay NHL Playoff Betting Second Round
#ISLES WIIINN!!! Round 1 victory ✅Round 2 HERE WE COME!!! YES! YES! YES! #DriveFor5 pic.twitter.com/H4ta3mBeVH— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) April 25, 2016