NHL Odds & Prediction for Game 3 Between Lightning & Bruins

Posted by Eric Williams on Wednesday,May 2, 2018 10:32, EDT in

With their Eastern Conference semifinal series tied at one game apiece, the Boston Bruins will host the Tampa Bay Lightning as the NHL betting favorite in what could be a pivotal Game 3 showdown at TD Garden on Wednesday. With both teams looking to record what could be a momentum-shifting win, let’s find out which Stanley Cup Championship hopeful is offering the best value at the latest NHL odds.

Tampa Bay at Boston NHL Odds & Prediction

  • When: Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 7:00 pm
  • Where: TD Garden
  • TV: NBCS
  • Radio: TuneIn
  • Live Stream: NHL.tv
  • NHL Odds: Boston Bruins -140 / Tampa Bay Lightning +120 (Over/Under at 5.5 goals)

Updated NHL Stanley Cup Odds – May 2nd Edition

Recent Head to Head (Last 10 Games)

  • Score: Tampa Bay Lightning 2.40 / Boston Bruins 3.30
  • Shots: Tampa Bay Lightning 28.40 / Boston Bruins 30.40
  • Power Play Goals: Tampa Bay Lightning 6 / Boston Bruins 8
  • Number of Power Plays: Tampa Bay Lightning 32 / Boston Bruins 22
  • Power Play Percentage: Tampa Bay Lightning 18.75 / Boston Bruins 36.36
  • Penalty Kill Percentage: Tampa Bay Lightning 63.64 / Boston Bruins 81.25

Why Consider the Lightning NHL Odds?

Why should you consider betting on Tampa Bay in Game 3? Because the Lightning have the best offense in all of hockey, and statistically, the better goalie in this series. Tampa Bay rebounded from its humbling 6-2 loss in the series opener to handle Boston in their 4-2 Game 2 win on Monday.

Yanni Gourde lit the lamp for the Lightning in the first with Tyler Johnson scoring Tampa Bay’s second goal the following period. Ondrej Palat gave Tampa Bay a 3-1 lead in the third before Brayden Point finished off the scoring with an empty-net goal with 26 seconds remaining.

“We needed to have a bounce back, we needed to have an answer, and I thought we did that,” Johnson said. “I thought we competed really hard, I thought we played well and we got rewarded with some chances and some opportunities.”

Point added three assists in the win and Palat added one.

“It feels good. I thought we played well,” Point said after posting just the third four-point game in Tampa Bay’s history. “We had a tough night in Game 1. I thought we came back tonight knowing we’d end up better.”

Why Consider the Bruins NHL Odds?

Why should you consider betting on Boston in Game 3? Because the Bruins are the more balanced team in this matchup and have the better statistical defense as they rank fourth in goals allowed (2.6 gpg) and sixth in scoring (3.3 gpg).

Charlie McAvoy and Torey Krug scored for Boston in Game 2, but goalie Tuukka Rask gave up three goals allowed on 30 shots to fall to 5-4 in the postseason. Boston has now lost three of their last five postseason games heading into Wednesday night.

The Bruins come in as the NHL Odds favorite against Tampa Bay.

“They lost 6-2 at home and didn’t feel good about their game. So, you’ve got to expect they’re going to come out and play hard,” Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. “I expect it in Game 3 going forward. They’ll play hard and so will we.”

Latest NHL Betting Trends

  • Boston is 10-5-0 SU against Tampa Bay over the last 3 seasons
  • Boston is 14-5 ATS after a loss by 2 goals or more in their previous game this season
  • Tampa Bay is 60-30 ATS in all games this season
  • Tampa Bay is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • 6 of 11 games in this series have gone Under the Total over the last 3 seasons

Expert Analysis and Score Prediction

Boston won three of four over Tampa Bay during the regular season and won both of their regular season matchups at home against the Lightning. With that said, I’m going to urge you to back the Bruins to get the big home win in Game 3 as Tuukka Rask plays a brilliant game and Boston’s offense gets going again.

The Lightning is a woeful 7-29-3 in the last 39 meetings in Boston while the Bruins have gone 4-0 in their last 4 games when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game. I like Boston’s offense to rebound in a big way on Wednesday night against a Tampa Bay defense that ranks 13th in goals allowed.

Score: Boston 4 – Tampa Bay 3