Maple Leafs vs. Lightning NHL Playoffs First Round Game 3: How to Watch, Odds, Picks & Predictions

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Maple Leafs vs. Lightning NHL Playoffs First Round Game 3: How to Watch, Odds, Picks & Predictions

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Game 3 of the NHL Playoffs First Round will see the Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning face off on Saturday, April 22, starting at 7:00 PM ET on TBS, SportsNet, CBC, TVAS, and BSSUNX. The series is tied up 1-1. The Lightning are the underdog (+102) in this matchup with the Maple Leafs (-122).

Maple Leafs vs. Lightning Odds

  • Favorite: Maple Leafs (-122)
  • Underdog: Lightning (+102)
  • Over/under: 6.5

When is Maple Leafs vs. Lightning and when does it start?

This game between the Maple Leafs and Lightning is scheduled to start on Saturday, April 22, 2023. You should expect the puck drop at 7:00 PM ET.

Where to Watch Maple Leafs vs. Lightning

The Maple Leafs and Lightning will take to the ice at Amalie Arena for this matchup on April 22, and if you would like to see the action live, get your tickets now from Vivid Seats!

What channel is the game on?

You can catch this game live on TBS, SportsNet, CBC, TVAS, and BSSUNX.

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Who Will Win Maple Leafs vs. Lightning?

Maple Leafs and Lightning Betting Trends

  • Toronto and its opponent have gone over 6.5 combined goals in 41 of 84 games this season.
  • Tampa Bay has played 44 games this season that finished with more than 6.5 goals.
  • The teams average 6.8 goals per game combined, 0.3 more than this match’s total.
  • Opponents of these two teams combine to score 5.8 goals per game, 0.7 fewer than this match’s over/under.
  • The Maple Leafs have compiled a 40-28 record when favored on the moneyline this season.
  • This season the Lightning have been an underdog 20 times, and won seven, or 35.0%, of those games.

Maple Leafs Stats & Insights

  • The Maple Leafs’ 278 goals this season make them the ninth-best scoring team in the NHL.
  • The Maple Leafs have given up the seventh-fewest goals in league play this season, 220 (2.7 per game).
  • The team’s goal differential is fifth-best in the league at +58.
  • The Maple Leafs shoot 10.6% as a team, ranked ninth-best in the league.
  • The Maple Leafs’ players are looking for their first shutout win this season. As a team, they are averaging 21.7 hits and 14.8 blocked shots per game.
  • In their past 10 games, the Maple Leafs are 7-2-1 to earn 80.0% of the possible points.
  • They have averaged 3.6 goals per game (36 total) over that stretch.
  • Defensively, the Maple Leafs have allowed 24 goals (2.4 per game) in those 10 matchups.

Lightning Stats & Insights

  • The Lightning have scored the eighth-most goals (280 goals, 3.4 per game) in the league.
  • The Lightning’s 252 total goals given up (3.1 per game) rank 14th in the NHL.
  • Their 11th-ranked goal differential is +28.
  • The 10.7% shooting percentage the Lightning have amassed ranks seventh in the league.
  • The Lightning have not shut out an opponent this season. They average 24.7 hits and 14 blocked shots per game.
  • In their past 10 matchups, the Lightning are 5-5-0 to earn 75.0% of the possible points.
  • They have averaged 3.9 goals per game (39 total) during that span.
  • On the defensive end, the Lightning have given up 33 goals (3.3 per game) over those 10 outings.

Maple Leafs Key Players to Watch

  • Mitchell Marner has been a major player for Toronto this season, with 99 points in 80 games.
  • William Nylander is another leading option for Toronto with 87 points (1.1 per game), scoring 40 goals and adding 47 assists.
  • Ilya Samsonov (27-10-5) has a 2.3 goals against average and a .919 save percentage (sixth-best in the league).

Lightning Key Players to Watch

  • Nikita Kucherov has scored 31 goals (0.4 per game) and collected 80 assists (1.0 per game), taking 3.3 shots per game and shooting 11.4%. That makes him among the leaders for Tampa Bay with 111 total points (1.4 per game).
  • Brayden Point is key for Tampa Bay’s offense with 94 total points (1.1 per game), including 50 goals and 44 assists through 82 games.
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy has a record of 34-22-4 in 60 games this season, conceding 159 goals (2.6 goals against average) with 1716 saves and a .915 save percentage, 11th in the league.

Maple Leafs vs. Lightning Injuries

  • Maple Leafs: Matt Murray: Out (Head), Jake Muzzin: Out (Neck), Erik Gustafsson: Questionable (Upper Body), Michael Bunting: Out (Suspension), Victor Mete: Out (Lower Body), Nicholas Robertson: Out (Shoulder), Bobby McMann: Out (Knee)
  • Lightning: Victor Hedman: Questionable (Undisclosed), Erik Cernak: Questionable (Head), Michael Eyssimont: Questionable (Undisclosed)

Maple Leafs vs. Lightning Prediction

  • Puck Line Pick:

    Lightning (+1.5)

  • Pick OU:

    Under (6.5)

  • Score Prediction:
    Lightning 4 – Maple Leafs 3

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