Tampa Bay and Toronto Deadlocked at 1-1 Headed into Critical Friday Night Matchup
The defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning will have the home-ice advantage the rest of the way.
Game 3 of the NHL Playoffs first round against the Toronto Maple Leafs moves south to Florida with the series tied 1-1. Friday's much-anticipated puck drop takes place at Amalie Arena at 7:30 pm EDT.
Fans and bettors alike were expecting a tough, closely-fought series and that's precisely what appears to be happening. After getting humiliated in Game 1 in a 5-0 shellacking, Tampa Bay rebounded 5-3 on the road against the dangerous Maple Leafs, who began this playoff series as small favourites. Now, the Lightning has a slight edge and is thought to be a small odd on fave to advance.
The importance of this next game cannot be overstated. Yes, whoever wins it will only be up 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. However, the reality is -- the loser of Game 3 must then win three of the next four games in order to continue playing in the NHL postseason. That puts lots of pressure on both squads, especially the goaltenders who are accustomed to big-game conditions.
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Prediction (powered by Pointspreads.ca):
Spreads.ca prices the Lightning as 1.83 home favorite in Game 3. Underdog Toronto comes back at even money (2,00). The betting total is 6.5 shaded slightly towards the UNDER.
We're joining the crowd on the UNDER with the expectation that Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy will reveal his depth of experience in this playoff series while Toronto's Jack Campbell will be eager to avenge a bad performance his last time out. Campbell did the honors on Toronto’s first home playoff shutout in two decades in Game 1. Look for one, or very possibly both of these talented goaltenders to rise to the occasion in Game 3.
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