The Toronto Maple Leafs take to the road to face the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3. They’ll look to avenge a Game 2 loss, where the Lightning tied up the series at one win each. This is where you’ll find some of the best prop bets available for tonight’s action.
Brayden Point – Anytime Goalscorer (+180)
Getting the monkey off his back, Brayden Point‘s goal in the 3rd period of Game 2 was his first in his last seven playoff games. He went without a goal in the entire Stanley Cup Final against the Montreal Canadiens. Looking back at his 2021 run, Point had goals in nine consecutive games, stretching across two different rounds. When he scores, he scores in bunches.
Heading back home for Game 3, Point will be in front of a raucous Lightning crowd, and he feeds off it perfectly. The Lightning will need to score by committee, and it starts with their top six. The Maple Leafs aren’t out of it just yet, but another loss could put some doubt in their minds. To do so, getting goals from Point on a consistent basis will be a major factor.
Steven Stamkos – Player Points (Over 1.5, +160)
It’s an uncharacteristic start to Steven Stamkos‘ playoff run, with just one point and a minus-3 rating in two games. In last year’s postseason, he had points in five of six games against the Florida Panthers in the first round. He experienced trouble against higher-defensive teams that year, like the Canadiens and New York Islanders, combining for five points in 12 games. Luckily for him, Toronto showed cracks in its structure, particularly on the discipline side.
The Lightning played 10 games at home in April, including one against Toronto, and Stamkos was absolutely unstoppable. Registering seven goals and 16 assists, he was held off the scoresheet just once while putting up eight multi-point games. If you’re looking for a player who feeds off the energy of his home crowd, look no further than Stamkos.
Both Teams to Score Goals – 3 or More (Yes, +175)
The belief heading into this series was that it was going to be a goal scorer’s dream and a goaltender’s worst nightmare. Both goaltenders conceded five goals in one game, but it’s not to say they were the only ones to blame. In Game 1, Toronto’s offense was a force to be reckoned with, and their neutral-zone trap suffocated any chance of Tampa Bay getting a chance. Game 2 saw the fortunes reversed, although the Maple Leafs kept it close until the very end.
In Game 2, both teams registered at least three goals, and with how many penalties are being called, that trend will likely continue. Both Jack Campbell and Andrei Vasilevskiy have been great, and they’ll have to continue doing so if they want to keep their team afloat. It’s no easy task, as each goaltender faces offensive dynamos. Go with both teams scoring at least three, and expect big numbers across the board.
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