After a rough outing in game two, the Tampa Bay Lightning are back at Amalie Arena tonight for game 3 at 7:00 p.m. ET. The Toronto Maple Leafs are a very slight favorite at -120 on the money line according to FanDuel, and an over/under at 6.5 again given the high-scoring nature of the first two games.
After the Leafs were blown out by the Lightning in game 1, the Maple Leafs returned the favor on Thursday night with a 7-2 victory that included a hat trick by John Tavares. The Lightning were just physically outmatched in game two as Toronto came out in desperation mode as predicted and made Tampa Bay pay. The good news for the Bolts came in the form of Tanner Jeannot returning to the lineup and being able to bring back the physical presence the team has missed.
Game three tonight will surely be another fiery battle tonight, and Tampa Bay will look to return some players to the ice. Defensemen Victor Hedman and Erik Cernak remained out for game 2 along with forward Mikey Eyssimont, but the Bolts will hope at least one of them can rejoin the squad tonight.
Hedman took the morning skate this morning, as he did before game two. A major difference today was that Hedman took line rushes with Nick Perbix who would be his expected partner if he is to return to the lineup.
Eyssimont was back at the morning skate as well, this time in a regular jersey. He did not participate in the morning skate ahead of game two. If the rest of the Lightning forward group is healthy, Eyssimont will still probably be sitting out following the return of Jeannot.
Tampa Bay looks as though they will be without Cernak for the second straight game as he missed the morning skate once again. Zach Bogosian will likely stay in the lineup in Cernak’s spot.
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