Lightning at Rangers - 5/29/15 Game Seven Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Lightning (61-32-8) at New York Rangers (64-28-8)
NHL Hockey: Friday, May 29, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Rangers -151 / Tampa Bay Lightning +137 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers play game seven of their playoff series Friday night.
The Tampa Bay Lightning look to make the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 2004. The Lightning are averaging 2.7 goals per game and have scored six goals in their last three games. The Tampa Bay Lightning have three power play goals in their last four games and have won five of their last six games when scoring at least three goals. Tyler Johnson leads Tampa Bay with 12 goals, Nikita Kucherov has 10 assists and Steven Stamkos has 52 shots on goal. Defensively, the Lightning are allowing 2.5 goals and have allowed a power play goal in four of their last five games. Ben Bishop has allowed 42 goals on 503 shots faced and Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up four goals on 33 shots.
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The New York Rangers look to make it back-to-back trips to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Rangers are averaging 2.5 goals and have scored 12 goals in their last three games. The New York Rangers have three power play goals in their last three games and have won four of their last five games when scoring at least three goals. Derick Brassard leads New York with nine goals, Rick Nash has nine assists and Chris Kreider has 36 shots on goal. Defensively, the Rangers are allowing 2.1 goals and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last six games. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 39 goals on 545 shots faced.
The Lightning are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest and 6-2 in their last 8 road games. The Rangers are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest and 36-16 in their last 52 games following a win. The Lightning are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in New York and 7-3 in the last 10 meetings overall.
The Rangers play their best when their back is against the wall, and you'd be a fool to bet against Lundqvist in a must-win game. This is the Rangers time. Pick the home team with high confidence.