The Tampa Bay Lightning will be looking to grab the series lead in this year’s Stanley Cup Final when they face off against the Dallas Stars in Game 3 on Wednesday night as -155 favourites on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
After opening up an early 3-0 lead in Game 2, Tampa Bay held on to post a 3-2 victory to even up the series at one game apiece going into Wednesday’s matchup at Rogers Place.
The Lightning have now claimed victory in eight of nine contests in which they have scored first since the start of the first round of the postseason. However, even with their scoring outburst in the opening period of Game 2, the Lightning have struggled to score goals with consistency. The highest scoring team in the NHL during the regular season, Tampa Bay has potted just seven total goals over its past four contests, and has averaged just 3.05 goals per game in the playoffs.
Tampa Bay’s diminished scoring has contributed to a steady 12-5-4 run for the UNDER at online betting sites. However, the UNDER is on a 2-1-3 run over the club’s past six contests.
Despite the scoring concerns, Monday’s win proved to be enough to invigorate the Lightning on the NHL playoff series prices, where they have returned to -190 favourites to claim the Stanley Cup after briefly slipping to narrow underdogs following a 4-1 loss in Game 1.
The Stars will try to reclaim the series lead when they hit the ice on Wednesday night as +135 underdogs. Winners in six of their past eight outings while sporting positive odds, the Stars have been remarkably resilient during the march to their first Stanley Cup Final appearance since 2000. Dallas has rebounded to claim victory in the next game following five of their six losses since the start of the first round, averaging four goals per game in those contests.
It is a punishing physical game plan combined with the outstanding play of goaltender Anton Khudobin that has been key to the Stars’ playoff success. With Khudobin playing arguably the best hockey of his career, the Stars have surrendered just 12 total goals over their past seven contests, and have limited opponents to three or fewer goals in nine of their past 10 outings.
However, that has not been enough to maintain their position on the series prices, where the Stars have slipped back to +165 underdogs at betting sites.
FTB: Kyle Dubas moves on to Travis Dermott – Pension Plan Puppets
Kyle Dubas cleared out his calendar today by signing Ilya Mikheyev to a new two-year contract last night. Mikheyev requested salary arbitration with the Maple Leafs to settle his contract, and the hearing was scheduled for today, but the two sides managed to come together and strike a deal last night before the arbiter got involved.
Mikheyev was in an unusual position with only one season of NHL experience, much of that a write-off from a major injury, but he is 26 years-old and has five prior years of professional playing history in the KHL before the Leafs signed him and brought him over to Canada in 2019. That KHL experience was ineligible for discussion in the arbitration, so the arbiter would have had a tough job to make a proper comparison to his peer players, but none of that matters now. He’s signe with the Leafs for another two years.
I do have to say, I am quite happy with Mikheyev back. What price can you possibly put on scoring against the Habs only 30 seconds into a game?
Dubas will now turn to the remaining two restricted free agents left that need new contracts; defenceman Travis Dermott, and winger prospect Joey Anderson who was acquired from the Devils as a oart of the return for Andreas Johnsson. I wouldn’t be surprised if one or both contracts are announced today. Dubas doesn’t have much room under the salary cap left so these contracts are essentially fait accompli.
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[SPECIES: why can’t this happen to me in my basement!]
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