Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Islanders Game 3 Prediction, Playoff Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Jun 16, 2021

Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov's playoff chemistry is taking Tampa on another deep postseason run. Kucherov has assisted on 20 of Point's 32 career NHL playoff goals.

Tampa Bay
36-17-1-2
AT
June 17, 2021, 8:00 PM ET
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
NY Islanders
32-17-4-3
Puckline -1.5 +196
Moneyline -136
Over / Under o +5

41%

Betting Action

59%

Puckline +1.5 -236
Moneyline +113
Over / Under u +5

41%

Betting Action

59%

After the Tampa Bay Lightning took down the New York Islanders 4-2 in Game 2, this series shifts to Long Island for the first time, on Thursday.  New York picked up a crucial road split against the defending champs and they can put some major pressure on the Bolts if they can win both home games.

The Lightning are -141 road favourites to win Game 3 on the NHL odds, with a total of 5.0.

Lightning vs. Islanders Stanley Cup Odds

It’s interesting to see a team as offensively skilled as Tampa lean more towards the Under.  The total has gone Under in five straight road games for the Bolts and seven of their last nine overall.  Tampa has won eight of their last 11 games on Long Island.  They’re -183 favourites to win the series and +205 to win the Stanley Cup.

The Islanders are likely happy to be back home at Nassau Coliseum, where they’ve won four of their last five games.  They’ve hit the Over in six of their last nine games overall, but only twice in their last six against Tampa.  New York is a +138 underdog to win the series and +494 to win the Stanley Cup.

Tampa Bay Lightning

It was the big guns who once again got it done for Tampa on Tuesday.  Nikita Kucherov‘s three-assist night was his fourth game with three or more points in these playoffs and he leads all postseason scorers with 22 points (5G, 17A).  Brayden Point, Ondrej Palat, Victor Hedman and Jan Rutta had the Lightning goals.  It was the fifth straight game Point has found the back of the net and he nows leads the playoffs with 10 goals.  Andrei Vasilevskiy made 24 saves in the win.

Looking at the bigger picture than the game itself, the win is a big statement from Tampa.  Dating back to last year’s title run, the Bolts improved to 12-0 in games following a playoff loss.  Game 2 was also a big response from Vasilevskiy and the Lightning defence.  Vasilevskiy looked uncharacteristically slopping in the opening game of this series, but he was solid and made some timely saves on Tuesday.  Hedman and Rutta’s goals were actually the first from Tampa defencemen in this postseason, silencing the growing criticism about the lack of production from the Bolts’ back-end.

New York Islanders

Despite the Game 2 loss, New York has to be feeling good after splitting the two-game set in Florida.  There was, however, a little bit of concern about Semyon Varlamov early in the game.  The Isles’ goalie missed the second half of the opening period after a collision with Point.  Ilya Sorokin played the remainder of the period, stopping all six shots he faced, though Varlamov was able to play the last two periods, finishing with 23 saves in the game.  It’s unlikely Varlamov won’t be ready for Game 3, but if Sorokin needs to start, the Islanders are in good hands.  New York. is only the third team in NHL history with two goalies each posting four-game winning streaks in the same postseason.

Mathew Barzal and Brock Nelson had the goals on Tuesday.  Keep an eye on Jean-Gabriel Pageau as it gets closer to puck-drop for Game 3, as the Islanders forward didn’t play the final 13:32 of Game 2.  Coach Barry Trotz said Pageau “tweaked something” but is expected to play Game 3.

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