New York Rangers Vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (6/11/22) Betting Odds, Prediction, Line Combination, Starting Goalies
Tampa Bay Lightning beat the New York Rangers, 3-1 at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night, giving Tampa Bay a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals. Ondrej Palat scored the go-ahead goal with 1:50 remaining in the third period, Mikhail Sergachev had a goal and an assist, while Andrei Vasilevskiy made 24 saves for the Lightning. Per NHL.com, the team that wins Game 5 when a best-of-7 series is tied is 223-61 (78.5 percent) winning the series, including 4-3 in the 2022 playoffs.
The Rangers are listed at +1500 to win the Stanley Cup this season. New York last won the title 1993-94 when they beat the Vancouver Canucks in seven games, their only Stanley Cup victory since 1940. Tampa Bay has captured the last two Stanley Cups and currently +200 to win their third consecutive championship; the last team to do so was the New York Islanders who won four straight Stanley Cups; 1979-80 through 1982-83; winning 19 consecutive playoff series, the Lightning have won 10 straight series.
New York Rangers Vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Betting Odds
Down 3-2 in the Eastern Conference Finals, New York is +400 to beat Tampa Bay and advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2013-14 when they lost to the Los Angeles Kings. Under is 4-0 in the Rangers last four playoff games as an underdog. New York is 17-41 in their last 58 playoff games as an underdog. Under is 4-0 in the Rangers last four Conference Finals games. The underdog is 5-2 in the last seven meetings between New York and Tampa Bay.
One win away from advancing to their third consecutive Stanley Cup Final, the Lightning are -500 to beat the Rangers. Under is 4-0 in Tampa Bay’s last four playoff games as a favorite. The Lightning are 36-16 in their last 52 playoff games as a favorite. Under is 4-0 in Tampa Bay’s last four Conference Finals games. Home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between Lightning and Rangers.
New York Rangers Analysis
Mika Zibanejad finished the season as the Rangers second leading scorer with 81 points (29 goals and 52 assists) and led New York in plus/minus at +30. The center leads the team in postseason scoring with 24 points (10 goals and 14 assists). The Rangers number 93 is +4500 to win the Conn Smythe Trophy. Chris Kreider scored 52 goals this year, third in the NHL. New York’s number 20 led the NHL in power play goals with 26. He’s tied with Mika Zibanejad for the team lead with 10 goals this postseason, overall Kreider has 16 points in 19 playoff games in 2021-22. Artemi Panarin was New York’s leading scorer in the regular season with 96 points. He has 16 points this postseason (six goals and 10 assists) while averaging 20:14 of ice time per playoff contest.
Adam Fox is second on the Rangers in postseason scoring with 23 points (five goals and 18 assists). The 23-year-old is the first Rangers defenseman with at least 10 playoff assists or more in a season since Ryan McDonagh had 13 in 2013-14. The 2020-21 Norris Trophy winner is +5000 to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Ryan Lindgren and Jacob Trouba each have five points thru New York’s playoff run this season; Lindgren scored the Rangers only goal on Thursday.
Igor Shesterkin was 36-13-4 with a .935 save percentage (first in the league) and a 2.07 GAA (first in the NHL) in the 2021-22 regular season. He made 24 saves in the Rangers loss on Thursday evening. Through 19 playoff games this year, the New York’s goaltender has a .929 save percentage and a 2.62 GAA. Shesterkin is +1800 to win the Conn Smythe Trophy this season.
Tampa Bay Lightning Analysis
Nikita Kucherov played in 47 regular season games in 2022 and was the club’s third leading scorer with 69 points (25 goals and 44 assists). The 2018-19 Hart Trophy winner is Tampa Bay’s leading scorer in the playoffs with 22 points (seven goals and 15 assists). Kucherov is +450 to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP this season. Ondrej Palat has 14 points (eight goals and six assists) during the postseason this campaign; tied for second on Tampa Bay. Per NHL.com, he’s the first player in NHL history to score multiple game-winning goals during the final two minutes of regulation in a single postseason. Steven Stamkos led the team in goals with 42 and points with 106 points during the regular season. The two-time Stanley Cup champion has 13 points (seven goals and six assists) in 16 playoff contests this year; third on the team in postseason scoring. The Lightning captain is +1800 to win the Conn Smythe Trophy.
Victor Hedman was the second leading scorer for Tampa Bay in 2021-22 with 85 points (20 goals and 65 assists). The 2017-18 Norris Trophy winner is tied for second on the Lightning in postseason scoring with 14 points (two goals and 12 assists). Additionally, Hedman is a +2 averaging 24:44 of ice time per contest in the playoffs. He’s +2200 to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.
Andrei Vasilevskiy, the 2018-19 Vezina Trophy winner was 39-18-5 with a 2.49 GAA in 63 games this season. The Lightning’s number 88 allowed nine goals on 62 shots in the two games of the Eastern Conference Finals vs. the Rangers; in the last three games he’s allowed four goals on 90 shots. Through 16 playoff games this year, which he’s 11-5, he has a .927 save percentage and a 2.35 GAA. The 2020-21 Conn Smythe Trophy winner is +475 to repeat as Conn Smythe Trophy winner.
New York Rangers Vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Picks & Prediction
The Rangers have scored 61 goals during the 2021-22 playoffs: averaging 3.21 goals per contest. After outscoring Tampa Bay, 9-4 in the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals, New York has been outscored 10-4 in the last three contests. The Rangers are 10-3 in their last 13 Saturday games. New York is 1-5 in their last six road games. Tampa Bay has scored 50 goals this postseason: averaging 3.125 goals per game. The back-to-back defending Stanley Cup champions have scored 10 goals in the last three games of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Lightning are 7-1 in their last eight games following a win. Tampa Bay is 4-1 in their last five Saturday games.
Tampa Bay will be playing Game 6 at Amalie Arena in front of their fiery home crowd with a chance to go back to the Stanley Cup Final once again; the building will certainly be rocking Saturday night and that will not hurt the hometown, Lightning. Andrei Vasilevskiy will show why he is truly a “money goaltender,” by slamming the door shut on the Rangers Stanley Cup dreams; Lighting win 4-2 as they cover the 1.5 goal spread as the clubs combine to score more than 5.5 goals.