Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Rangers - 12/30/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Rangers (20-13-4) at Tampa Bay Lightning (18-15-4)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -130 / New York Rangers +118 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Wednesday night at the Amalie Arena.
The New York Rangers need a big win here after losing six of their last eight games. The New York Rangers are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 21.4 percent of their power plays. Mats Zuccarello leads New York with 15 goals, Derick Brassard has 15 assists and Rick Nash has 110 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 81 percent of their power play chances. Henrik Lundqvist has allowed 73 goals on 930 shots faced and Antti Raanta has given up 16 goals on 197 shots. Lundqvist has allowed 12 goals in his last three games.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning also look for a nice victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 18.5 percent of their power plays. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 16 goals, Nikita Kucherov has 14 assists and Brian Boyle has 46 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 78.2 percent of their power play chances. Ben Bishop has allowed 60 goals on 813 shots faced and Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 19 goals on 204 shots. Bishop has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
The Rangers are 118-58 in their last 176 vs. a team with a losing record and 0-8 in their last 8 road games. The Lightning are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record and 12-3 in their last 15 Wednesday games. The Rangers are 3-9 in the last 12 meetings.
The Rangers went from being one of the better road teams in the league to losing eight straight. Add the fact the Lightning have beaten the Rangers in nine of the last 12 meetings, and you have to like the home team here for the cheap price.