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Sunday's NHL Play-offs betting tips: Back Tampa Bay and Vegas to triumph

Lorenzo Gahol 14 Apr 2019
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Max Factor: Max Pacioretty is out to impress anew for the Golden Knights in Game 3 (credit:NHL.com)

The NHL 2018-19 Play-offs continue on Sunday with four games taking place.

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NHL betting tips from Bettingpro.com's expert, including the best bets from Tampa Bay Lightning at Columbus Blue Jackets and  San Jose Sharks at Vegas Golden Knights.

Tampa Bay Lightning at Columbus Blue Jackets (00:00 BST on Monday) - Eastern Conference First Round Game 3


The Columbus Blue Jackets are aiming for a shocking 3-0 lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning when Game 3 of their first-round best-of-seven play-off duel shifts to the Nationwide Arena. Proving that their Game 1 victory over the top-ranked Lightning was no fluke, the wildcard Blue Jackets dominated Game 2 5-1 in Tampa Bay on Friday night. The visitors took a 3-0 lead entering the final period and scored two more goals after Mikhail Sergachev countered for Tampa Bay. Matt Duchene had a goal and three assists to lead the onslaught. Cam Atkinson, Zach Werenski, Riley Nash and Artemi Panarin also scored for the visitors, who took rallied from three goals down to win the opener 4-3 last Wednesday. Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky made 23 saves while Tampa Bay counterpart Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 22 shots. Duchene, who was acquired from Ottawa in the mid-season, improved his points tally to four after two games while Werenski and Panarin have three apiece. Tampa Bay, who won all three meetings against Columbus in the regular season, must now win Game 3 on the road to avoid a 3-0 bubble heading into Game 4 that will also take place in Columbus. Lightning fans were not expecting their beloved team to be in this situation considering that they dominated the regular season with 128 points and matched the league-record 62 wins posted by the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings. NHL top scorer Nikita Kucherov, who tallied 128 points in the regular season, is out to redeem himself in this game after being shut down in the first two games of the series. Steven Stamkos and Brayden Point were likewise non-factors in Game 1 and Game 2. We expect the Lightning to bounce back in Game 3.

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San Jose Sharks at Vegas Golden Knights (03:00 BST on Monday) - Western Conference First Round Game 3


Game 3 of the Western Conference first-round play-off duel between the San Jose Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights shifts to the T-Mobile Arena. The best-of-seven series is tied at 1-1 after Vegas posted a 5-3 win in San Jose on Friday night. The Golden Knights zoomed to a 3-0 lead 6:11 into the opening period before the Sharks countered with three goals to tie the scores after 20 minutes. Mark Stone’s power-play goal in the second period put Vegas back on top before William Karlsson added an insurance goal in the final period. Cody Eakin, Colin Miller and Max Pacioretty were the scorers for Vegas in the first period. Marc-Andre Fleury had 34 saves as the Golden Knights rebounded from their 5-2 Game 1 loss on Wednesday. Logan Couture, Tomas Hertl and Joe Thornton lit the lamp for the Sharks. Martin Jones was replaced by Aaron Dell after giving up three goals on seven shots. Dell tallied 14 saves. Pacioretty, who has four points in the the first two games, is again expected to lead Vegas in Game 3 along with top goal scorer Stone and Paul Stastny. We are backing Vegas to win at home.

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