Tampa Bay Lightning
2-0 (0-0 V)
-150
58%
+130
42%
New York Islanders
0-2 (0-0 H)
Fri, Sep 11 - 8:00p ET   |   USA   |   Rogers Place
By Landon Smith

Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Islanders NHL Eastern Conference Final Game 3 Odds, Prediction & Pick

Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Islanders Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview of the match for the NHL Playoffs Game on Friday September 11th, 2020.
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Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Islanders Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview of the match for the NHL Playoffs Game on Friday September 11th, 2020.

 

Andrei Vasilevskiy Tampa Bay Lightning
35 W | 4 L | 0.917 SV%

Vasilevskiy stopped 27 of 28 shots Wednesday in a 2-1 win over the Islanders in Game 2. New York's Matt Martin opened the scoring just 84 seconds into the game, but Vasilevskiy was perfect the rest of the way.

He came up particularly big in the third period while Tampa Bay was being outshot by a 13-4 margin.

Vasilevskiy improved to 12-3 in the playoffs with a sparkling 1.86 GAA and .932 save percentage.

Semyon Varlamov New York Islanders
19 W | 10 L | 0.92 SV%

Varlamov made 19 saves Wednesday in a 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 2.

It was a tough outcome for Varlamov, who appeared to be screened on Victor Hedman's first-period point blast and had no chance on Nikita Kucherov's game-winning one-timer with under nine seconds left in regulation.

Moral victories are of little solace in the postseason, but it was an encouraging performance by Varlamov after he had yielded 14 goals over his previous three starts.

 

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The New York Islanders have had many twists and turns during the longest NHL season of all time.

Now the islanders need to ride at least one more ride on the roller coaster.

The Islanders will be looking to avoid falling into a big hole Friday night when they face the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals in Edmonton.

Rayo took a dramatic 2-0 lead Wednesday night when Nikita Kucherov scored the deciding goal with 8.8 seconds left in the third period to give Tampa Bay a 2-1 victory.

Kucherov's goal capped a match that was both encouraging and frustrating for both teams.

The Lightning were defeated 28-21 (21 shots were the fewest since they recorded 21 shots against the Boston Bruins on March 3) and spent most of the game without right winger Alex Killorn, who has been sent off for tackling Brock Nelson. at the beginning of the first period. Tampa Bay also lost its top playoff scorer, center Brayden Point, to an undisclosed injury shortly before the middle of the second period.

But Kucherov's goal, the decisive second playoff goal in the third period in franchise history, extended the Lightning's winning streak to six games and left them two wins before reaching the Cup final. Stanley for the first time since 2015.

Lightning may have to start over on Friday. The NHL announced Thursday that Killorn was suspended for Game 4, and Cooper admitted that Point is unable to play.

The Islanders looked much fresher and better than Monday night in an 8-2 loss in Game 1, but they blew many opportunities Wednesday to score a second goal. New York went 0-for-4 on the power play, including a five-minute lead after Killorn was sent off, as well as a 5-for-3 chance in the third period.

Only two teams, the 1984 Islanders and the 1991 Pittsburgh Penguins, came back from a 0-2 hole to win a series of conference finals. But New York, which posted a franchise-record streak of 17 games from Oct. 12 to Nov. 23 before falling to ninth place in the East by losing its last seven games before the end of the regular season due to the pandemic. , has many comments.

The Islanders won 10 of their first 13 playoff games in the Toronto bubble and lost in overtime to the Philadelphia Flyers in Games 5 and 6 before taking a 4-0 victory in Game 7 of the semifinals on Saturday. latest.

 

The Pick: Tampa Bay Lightning to Win @ -150

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By Landon Smith, on 8:00p ET