Islanders vs. Lightning Game 3 Prediction, NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Odds

Nik Kowalski | Updated Sep 11, 2020

Yanni Gourde, Lightning, 2020

Now on a six-game win streak, the versatility of the Lightning is showing. With a win on Friday night they can push the Islanders to the brink of elimination.

Tampa Bay
43-21-5-1
AT
September 11, 2020, 8:00 PM ET
Rogers Place
NY Islanders
35-23-7-3
Puckline -1.5 +196
Moneyline -130
Over / Under o +5

51%

Betting Action

49%

Puckline +1.5 -236
Moneyline +105
Over / Under u +5

51%

Betting Action

49%

Losses don’t get much worse than 8-2 blowouts, but the New York Islanders are probably feeling even worse after Wednesday’s defeat than after their six-goal loss in Game 1.

The Tampa Bay Lightning fell to just nine forwards for more than half the game after Brayden Point and Alex Killorn exited the ice, but New York failed to take advantage. A Nikita Kucherov game-winner with 7.8 seconds remaining now leaves the Isles in a major hole.

Lightning vs. Islanders Betting Analysis

A 3-goal Game 2 was the encore to a 10-goal Game 1 as both teams tightened up defensively. Problem for New York is, Tampa still clawed out a win in a game they registered 21 shots in.

Defensive showings may continue to be a theme in this series, as 11 of Tampa’s last 16 have gone under as have 13 of New York’s last 20. Both teams are averaging under 2.3 goals per game this postseason too. As a result, oddsmakers have dropped the  total to five for Game 3, along with Tampa Bay being a -160 favourite to win.

Tampa Bay Lightning

Now on a six-game win streak, the versatility of the Lightning can be summarized by their last two games: they’ve scored 10 goals, 80 per cent came in one of the two games, yet they’ve won both. Tampa Bay can beat you at both ends, and it’s why Jon Cooper’s club should be Stanley Cup favourites right now.

The only concern moving forward for Tampa Bay is their forward lineup. Killorn has been suspended for Game 3 as a result of his hit from behind Wednesday, and Point’s status for Friday is up in the air due to an unspecified injury.

Cooper was already rolling with 11 forwards and seven defencemen, so expect some new forwards to see their first Eastern Conference final action this year. Mitchell Stephens and Carter Verhaeghe are the two likeliest name, with both playing earlier in the playoffs.

New York Islanders

It’s technically not a must-win game, but the Islanders will be all but finished if they go down 3-0 in the series Friday. Game 2’s missed chances came specifically on the man advantage — New York had a five-minute powerplay and later 38 seconds of 5-on-3 time with nothing to show for.

Matt Martin being your only goal-scorer won’t cut it, and that’s not a shot against Martin who’s been fantastic this postseason with five goals.

The Isles secondary scoring has gone cold at the wrong time, and it’s an uphill battle from here. Brock Nelson is someone to keep an eye on Friday, as he was the recipient of Killorn’s hit and took some additional licks later but toughed it out.

Who Will Win Lightning vs. Islanders?

SportsInteraction