Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Rangers - 5/22/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Rangers (62-27-7) at Tampa Bay Lightning (59-30-8)
NHL Hockey: Friday, May 22, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -110 / New York Rangers -110 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The New York Rangers look to even their series at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night.
The New York Rangers finally got their offense untracked in game three of the Eastern Conference finals however the Lightning one upped them in a 6-5, overtime defeat to trail the series 2-1. The Rangers have been masters at grinding out low scoring contests but the normally reliable defense and goaltending of Henrik Lundqvist couldn’t control the potent attack of Tampa Bay. Jesper Fast paced the offense with a pair of tallies while Ryan McDonaugh, Dan Boyle and Derick Brassard each found the back of the net. That still wasn’t enough with Lundqvist being charged with a season high six goals on 40 shots to absorb the loss.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning showed off their offense once again as they maintained the home ice advantage and took a 2-1 series lead in the process. The Lightning had zero trouble lighting up the scoreboard on the vaunted New York defense for their second straight six goal outburst. It turned out they needed every goal this time around with the Rangers having zero issues lighting the lamp as well. Nikita Kucherov ended the score fest with his goal at 3:33 of overtime while Ondrej Palat led the offense with a pair of tallies. Alex Killhorn, Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson also found the back of the net to bail out goalie Ben Bishop who was charged with a postseason high five goals on 23 shots.
The under is 5-0-1 in Rangers last 6 Friday games and the over is 11-2-3 in Rangers last 16 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game while the over is 5-1 in Rangers last 6 when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game. The under is 4-0 in Lightning last 4 Friday games while Tampa Bay are 4-0 in their last 4 Friday games and 7-1 in their last 8 vs. a team with a winning % above .600. The over is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings in Tampa Bay and the Rangers are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings while the over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. No line is out but I’m looking at Tampa Bay initially but please check back…