Hashtag hockey! The second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs is kicking off on April 27th at 7pm EST, when the New York Islanders travel to Florida to battle the Tampa Bay Lightning. Catch all the NHL action online and watch the game here!
It has been over a decade since the Tampa Bay Lightning have brought home Lord Stanley’s cup while the New York Islanders have not hoisted the prize in over 30 years. One of these teams must get past the other during the second round of the Eastern Conference to get one step closer to the NHL finals and ultimately the Stanley Cup. It will be non-stop action on ice, so catch every exciting minute of play from Amalie Arena online here!
The Islanders have been quietly getting it done all season long. They have had solid performances from their goalie, defensemen and their starters have all been putting up points. They handled the Panthers in 6 games during round one and were able to get a little rest before heading into this second round series. New York fans have been hungry for a cup for decades and if the Islanders continue to fire on all cylinders, their chances are as good as any team still in contention.
Meanwhile, Tampa Bay has proved they are the real deal as well. Their front office made some great trades this last year and their team has great chemistry. They have the right combination of young guys and experienced veterans which could prove to be the difference should this series go the distance. Defense wins championships and the Tampa Bay defensemen were able to slow down the Detroit Red Wings well enough to dispatch them after 5 games in the first round. If they continue to kill power plays as well as they have in the first round, they should be just fine in this series.
What do you think HollywoodLifers? Who will win this first game in the best of seven series? Will you be rooting for the Islanders or do you think the Lightning have what it takes to win this game? Let us know who you think is the stronger hockey team!