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Rangers vs. Lightning - 12/1/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Lightning (16-6-2) at New York Rangers (11-8-4)

NHL Hockey: Monday, December 1, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: New York Rangers -113 / Tampa Bay Lightning +102 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: SUN, MSG, NHL

The Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers play Monday at Madison Square Garden.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have won three straight games and begin a two-game road trip. The Lightning are led by an offense that’s averaging 3.5 goals per game and has scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Tampa Bay Lightning have scored four power play goals in their last three games and are 14-0 this season when scoring at least three goals. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 15 goals, Nikita Kucherov has 11 assists and Ryan Callahan has 57 shots on goal. Defensively, the Lightning are allowing 2.6 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last six games. Ben Bishop has allowed 45 goals on 542 shots faced and Evgeni Nabokov has given up 16 goals on 123 shots.

Rangers vs. Lightning - 12/1/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New York Rangers have won four of their last five games and are hanging around in their division. The Rangers offense is averaging 2.9 goals per game and has produced eight goals in their last two games. The New York Rangers have scored a pp goal in three straight games and have won five of their last eight games when scoring at least three goals. Rick Nash leads New York with 16 goals, Derick Brassard has 11 assists and Martin St. Louis has 44 shots on goal. The Rangers are allowing 2.6 goals per game and have given up a power play goal in four of their last eight games. Cam Talbot has allowed 12 goals on 157 shots faced and Henrik Lundqvist has given up 46 goals on 518 shots.

The Lightning are 8-2 in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference and 11-4 in their last 15 overall. The Rangers are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 4-10 in their last 14 games following a win. The Lightning are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

I like what I've seen from the Rangers lately and have been riding them during this winning stretch. No point to jump off the money train now, as New York is playing well and will be eager to pick up that rare win over Tampa Bay. 

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New York Rangers -113

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