New York Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 10/30/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Lightning (5-3-0) at New York Rangers (5-3-0)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Rangers -120 / Tampa Bay Lightning -102 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SUN, MSG
The Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers meet Sunday night in a NHL game at Madison Square Garden.
The Tampa Bay Lightning hope to get back on track after losing three of their last five games. The Lightning are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 26.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Killorn leads Tampa Bay with six goals, Nikita Kucherov has six assists and Steven Stamkos has 31 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 85 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up six goals on 85 shots faced and Ben Bishop has allowed 16 goals on 147 shots. The Tampa Bay Lightning have allowed three goals in each of their last three games. Nikita Kucherov is questionable with a shoulder injury.
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The New York Rangers look to build on their solid 5-3 start to the NHL season and avoid back-to-back losses for the first time. The Rangers are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 25.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Mats Zuccarello leads New York with four goals, Chris Kreider has four assists and Brandon Pirri has 10 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 81 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 17 goals on 171 shots faced and Antti Raanta has allowed four goals on 31 shots. The New York Rangers have allowed two goals in four of their last five games.
The Lightning are 5-12 in their last 17 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-1 in their last 6 Sunday games. The Rangers are 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 home games. The Lightning are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in New York and the road team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Lightning have been a little shaky on the road so far and haven't had much success on the end of back to backs. The Rangers are rested and playing on their home ice where they've been tough to beat recently. I like the Rangers in this spot for the really cheap price.