The New York Islanders continue to ride the hot-hand as Semyon Varlamov is the confirmed starter for Game 4 against the Boston Bruins. Varlamov opened the playoffs in the starters’ crease before ceding it to Ilya Sorokin. Sorokin had a rough outing in Game 2, allowing Semyon Varlamov to re-assert himself as the starter with a strong performance in Game 3.
Varlamov stopped 95.1% of shots in the overtime loss to the Bruins on Thursday, bringing his postseason save percentage up to 92.3%. Wins continue to elude the veteran netminder, as he has just one win in four postseason games. Varlamov has had a heavy workload, facing 4o or more shots in three of his four starts.
The betting market at FanDuel Sportsbook has the Islanders installed as +120 underdogs on home ice as they try to level the series at two games apiece with the Bruins. The total is set at 5.5 with the under heavily juiced, all the way up to -192.
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