After rallying to erase a two-goal deficit, the New York Islanders staved off elimination on Wednesday with a 3-2 win in overtime. The teams will decide the series Friday night in Tampa, and the Lightning could be without their top forward, Nikita Kucherov, after he suffered what appeared to be an upper-body injury after receiving a cross check from Scott Mayfield that went uncalled by the officials.
Kucherov’s absence would be a huge loss for the Lightning, but this is a deep team capable of winning an important game without the services of their leading point producer.
DraftKings lists the Lightning as -175 moneyline favorites on Friday but it’s tough to justify laying the favorite at a price that isn’t all that far away from the closing price of Game 5, which was about -185. Kucherov has scored 27 points in 17 playoff games and bettors should use caution here.