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The semifinal series between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Islanders shifts to the venerable Nassau Coliseum, where the locals figure to be loud and proud starting with Thursday’s Game 3.

This is the last year the Islanders will play in the old barn, before moving to sparkling new digs next season. Will the building make a difference as far as a true home-ice advantage for this one?

2021 record: 249-184 (57.5%) L433

Thursday’s NHL Betting Lines To Back

Islanders moneyline

Yes, I do think home ice will matter for Game 3. The Islanders are comfortable there, and coach Barry Trotz can now get the better matchups he wants by having the last change. The Islanders have won 73.5% of their games at Nassau this season.

I think the Islanders are a good value pick here, as a +125 underdog on the moneyline with BetMGM. I see a tight game in which special teams could make the difference, and New York’s have been good of late.

Game Bet Pick Best Odds
Tampa Bay Lightning
New York Islanders
New York Islanders

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Islanders-Lightning, Over-Under: This has been a tough series so far to gauge the over-under. The Lightning just have so much offensive firepower that you’re always holding your breath on under bets with them. The over-under for this one is 5.5 goals, so which way are we leaning?

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