Bruins vs. Islanders: Odds, betting preview for Game 3

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Bruins-Islanders Game 3 odds, betting preview originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

After suffering an overtime loss in Game 2, the Boston Bruins look to bounce back and take control of their series against the Islanders on Thursday night in New York.

Boston is still showing as a pretty sizable favorite to win the series, but the B's are only a slight favorite in Game 3, as we take a closer look at the numbers provided by our friends at PointsBet Sportsbook.

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Game 3 Line

Bruins (-140) at Islanders (+120)

Boston was a pretty heavy favorite in the first two games of the series, closing right around -200 for both. But as things shift to Nassau Coliseum, so does the confidence for the Game 3 winner.

The Bruins are -140 while the Islanders are +120 and that doesn't come as too much of a surprise if you -- like a lot of people -- think the Bruins have looked like the better team. However, the Islanders were one of the best teams in the NHL at home in the regular season at 21-7. And that was without a full barn.

Why Bruins should still feel confident entering Game 3

As for the total, it's once again five goals with the juice on the OVER (-120), which makes sense because five is pretty much the lowest total you'll find. I expected low totals in this series based on how both teams played in the regular season.  

The Islanders were 33-21-2 to the UNDER while the Bruins were 31-22-3 to the UNDER. But there have been seven goals scored in each of the first two games and for the postseason, NYI is 5-3 to the OVER.

Game 3 Prop Bets

Here's a list of Game 3 prop bets that NBC Sports EDGE really likes for tonight's matchup between the Bruins and Islanders:

Patrice Bergeron: 1+ goals (+210)

Brad Marchand: 1+ goals (+180)

Anthony Beauvillier: Over 0.5 assists (+240)

Jean-Gabriel Pageau: Over 0.5 assists (+250)

Brock Nelson: Over 0.5 points (+105)

Series Line

The Bruins opened the series at -240 on PointsBet, the heaviest of favorites in the second round of these playoffs. They're still -200 to win the series after the Islanders (+160) evened things up at 1-1.

As for the exact series score, 'Islanders in seven' is picking up a bit of steam while 'Bruins in six' holds the shortest odds. 

Boston wins 4-1: +375 (start of series: +350)

Boston wins 4-2: +320 (+350)

Boston wins 4-3: +450 (+550)

New York wins 4-1: +850 (+1000)

New York wins 4-2: +500 (+700)

New York wins 4-3: +335 (+650)

Stanley Cup Champions Odds

At +550, the Bruins were tied with Tampa, Vegas, and Carolina as having the second best odds to win the Cup prior to Saturday's Game 1. After two games at TD Garden, Boston is still +550 while the Lightning have jumped to +275 and the Avalanche continue to get the love going from +275 to an eyebrow-raising +125.  

Another thing that has changed since Saturday's odds is the Bruins' path. It looked like Boston might have to go through Colorado to get to the Cup, but since Montreal knocked off Toronto, we now know that Boston will face the winner of Tampa and Carolina in the next round.

Let's be honest: That's probably going to be Tampa, and the B's have had their issues getting past the Lightning, losing in five games in both the 2018 and 2020 playoffs.