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.